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  • Automobili Lamborghini earns IDEM certification for its gender equality policies

    Automobili Lamborghini earns IDEM certification for its gender equality policies
    Automobili Lamborghini earns IDEM certification for its gender equality policies

    Automobili Lamborghini earns IDEM certification for its gender equality policies – Automobili Lamborghini has become the first IDEM-certified company in the automotive industry, officially distinguishing its commitment to gender equality.

    The IDEM project was propelled in 2020 by JobPricing and the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia’s Marco Biagi Foundation. Following the development of a specific index that accurately clarifies the level of gender equality, it has introduced a new certification system to make an active contribution to the achievement of Goal 5 of the UN’s 2030 Agenda.

    As Umberto Tossini, the Chief Human Capital Officer at Lamborghini, explained:-

     “In order to bring about real change in organizations, it’s necessary to set measurable objectives and come up with concrete ways of improving. This certification is an important way for us to highlight how things stand within our company and ‘double-check’ the progress that we’ve made as we seek to foster a culture that increasingly revolves around equity and inclusion. Obtaining this recognition is an important step in a long-term strategy to champion people, diversity and unique individual qualities. The certification shines the spotlight on the measures that we’ve taken to close the gender gap in terms of growth opportunities, equal pay for equal work, a focus on well-being in a holistic sense, and protecting parental rights. We’ve always cared a great deal about these issues.”

    Lamborghini scored very greatly in the IDEM Index. The outcome was centered on analysis of various factors, including excellent performance in terms of “pay”. As well as a very marginal pay gap between men and women, there was a encouraging pay differential for women compared to the industry as a whole.

    The performance in terms of “organization” was also outstanding thanks to numerous policies covering matters such as flexibility and protecting parental rights. The same applies to “culture”, due to investments in training, communication, listening to people and a focus on well-being in a holistic sense.

    One area on which Lamborghini is working hard and that it will continue to watch closely is “development”, which revolves around the place of females in company management.

    The aim behind the IDEM method is to convert actions taken in favor of gender equality into measurable activities, much like the attitude taken with business objectives. This is done using a workplace gender equality measuring and certification tool based on a meticulous scientific and data-driven method taking into account the four key areas in this field: careers, pay, organization and culture.

    Tommaso Fabbri, a professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and a partner at IDEM, stated:-

    Gender equality certification is an important tool because it involves a quantitative audit of all the different aspects and areas in which gender discrimination can be found in organizations, such as pay policies and career opportunities. The end result is an objective measurement of gender equality that Lamborghini can treat as a genuine variable of organizational performance and that the management can use in order to make improvements. In addition, the certification that Lamborghini has earned also has more general significance when considered from a cultural perspective: it shows that traditionally male fields like the automotive industry can go – and want to go – to greater lengths to enhance the standing of women.

  • The Engine Songs: the V10 unleashes a crescendo similar to a female voice

    Amy Macdonald & Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica
    Amy Macdonald & Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica

    The Engine Songs: the V10 unleashes a crescendo similar to a female voice – The Selvans green of the Huracán Tecnicaand the dark, dense green of the rain of the Scottish countryside are accompanied by the unique sound of the Lamborghini V10 engine, driven by Amy Macdonald, the singer-songwriter who has sold 12 million copies around the world.

    She talks about the sensations and musicality of driving the ten-cylinder super sports car, with its rising engine pitch echoing the notes and consistency of a female voice and her silken Scottish accent, and which at top speed challenges her in the contralto shades her voice expresses.

    At a recording studio on the outskirts of Glasgow Amy Macdonald disclosed:-

    “What surprises me most about my vocality is the power it has gained over the years. The more I sing, the stronger it becomes. In this sense, it can be compared to what happens to a car as you gradually press down the accelerator.”

    In the exclusive clip, Amy Macdonald’s hand plays the guitar with the same decisive sensuality with which the gears of the Huracán are downshifted as it sendoffs into the twilight of the British landscape. The stars tattooed on her wrists and the parallel emotions that music and driving generate, seem to hover in the passenger compartment.

    “I spend a lot of time in the studio creating demos and always searching for the perfect balance, and the car is the place I most like to listen to myself again and grasp the point my work has reached. As a car buff though, I also love to lower the volume to zero and totally immerse myself in my psyche, accompanied only by the sound of the engine.”

    “The sound of the Huracán is exhilarating and makes me feel powerful. And there is a clear similarity between driving while enjoying the music and being on stage giving my all with my voice. I feel the same power on stage that I perceive when I drive.”

    “It is an engine boasting an aggressive vocality,” explained Mauro Mautone, Lamborghini NVH whole vehicle coordinator who, together with producer and sound engineer Alex Trecarichi, created the The Engine Songs playlist. The soundtracks, available on Spotify, are specially curated to reflect the tonality and vibrations associated with the sound frequencies emitted by the Lamborghini V8, V10 and V12 engines.

    “The engine sound is an essential attribute for Lamborghini fans and, in the V10, the distinguishing shrillness is expressed in the most complete manner. There is a rawness and high volume, precisely like only a female voice can deliver,”

    Mauro Mautone, Lamborghini NVH Whole Vehicle Coordinator

    Presented last April, Huracán Tecnica is the latest-generation rear-wheel drive V10-engined Lamborghini, developed for those who are looking for lifestyle perfection and driving fun, both on the road and on the track. The name Tecnica symbolizes the evolution of the advanced technical efficiency of the Huracán family, with an enriched 0 to 100 km/h acceleration of 3.2 seconds. It is tailored with a 5.2-liter engine that delivers power of 640 CV, just like its stablemate Huracán STO, with an exhilarating 565 Nm torque at 6,500 while still comfortable in daily driving.

    Click here to listen to the playlist The Engine Songs: V10.

    Fuel consumption and emission values of Huracán Tecnica; Fuel consumption combined: 14,5 l/100km (WLTP); CO2-emissions combined: 328 g/km (WLTP)

    Fuel consumption and emission values of Huracán STO; Fuel consumption combined: 13.9 l/100km (WLTP); CO2-emissions combined: 331 g/km (WLTP)

  • Lamborghini Lounge Doha

    Lamborghini Lounge Doha
    Lamborghini Lounge Doha

    Lamborghini Lounge Doha – Lamborghini has opened a spectacular floating pop-up Lounge at the Pearl Doha. The invite-only Lounge is reachable from the exclusive Marina at Marsa Arabia: VIP guests and Lamborghini owners can familiarize the world of Lamborghini from 21st November to 18th December. 

    An official inaugural event and exclusive presentation of the Lamborghini Urus Performante with 100 guests has been hosted by Automobili Lamborghini management, together with its Middle East & Africa merchant partners from around the Region.

    “Lamborghini is a global brand attracting clients from myriad cultures, and we look forward to welcoming diverse international audiences in our various Lounge locations around the world. The Lamborghini Lounge concept gives us the opportunity to meet up with clients and friends of the brand: we have an established and growing dealership presence in the region, and we look forward to coming together with many owners both from the Middle East and more than 50 markets across the world as we showcase this unexpected and bold project.”

    Stephan Winkelmann, Chairman and CEO

    Lamborghini Lounge Doha

    The floating Lounge covers a total of 320 square meters over two floors, with direct views out to sea and back to the Pearl Doha. Exhibited on the outside deck is the new Lamborghini Urus Performante, the bar-raising new Lamborghini Super SUV, while special Lounge events will comprise of hosting of the first media and then customers to drive both new Urus Performante and Urus S on roads in the city’s surroundings.

    Throughout the Lounge’s unique sojourn at the Pearl Doha guests can enjoy a 360-degree experience: Lamborghini hospitality is accessible throughout the day and evening while a recreation of the original Ad Personam studio in Sant’Agata allows owners to customize their new Lamborghini in virtually limitless permutations.

    Inside and outside the floating structure, Lamborghini style is perceptible at every angle. Trademark Italian furnishings from Living Divani garnish each indoor and outdoor area. While drinking an Italian espresso from the bar, the guests can admire the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 scale model – the luxury speed boat inspired by the performance of the brand’s super sports cars and the design of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37.  

    While on the second floor patrons can have a deep immersion into the World of Roger Dubuis and explore the avant-garde watches of the brand that has been Lamborghini’s partner since 2017.

    The opening of the Doha Lounge has also seen the Middle East and Africa debut of the Lamborghini’s Urus Performante, which is raising the bar in every respect.  The Super SUV features increased power of 666 CV and sets the best weight-to-power reference in its segment with a new lightweight, aerodynamic design, chassis set-up and sporty driving dynamics with semi–active suspension and specific drive mode calibration.

    The Urus Performante

    A new Rally drive mode, dedicated to the Performante version of the Urus, allows the driver to experience supreme driving fun on loose surfaces. The Urus Performante delivers 850 Nm of torque at just 2,300 rpm, acceleration of 0-100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds, and a top speed of 306 km/h.

    Fuel consumption and emission values of Urus Performante; Fuel consumption combined: 14,1 l/100km (WLTP); CO2-emissions combined: 320 g/km (WLTP)

    Fuel consumption and emission values of Urus S; Fuel consumption combined: 14,1 l/100km (WLTP); CO2-emissions combined: 320 g/km (WLTP)

  • Bosch and Mercedes-Benz start San José pilot project for automated ride-hailing service

    Bosch and Mercedes-Benz start San José pilot project for automated ride-hailing service

    Bosch and Mercedes-Benz start San José pilot project for automated ride-hailing service: – Bosch and Mercedes-Benz’s joint project to develop urban automated driving has now entered a new stage. Their pilot project for an app-based ride-hailing service using automated Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles has now been launched in the Silicon Valley city of San José.

    Monitored by a safety driver, the self-driving cars shuttle between West San José and downtown, along the San Carlos Street and Stevens Creek Boulevard thoroughfares.

    The service will firstly be available to a select group of consumers. They will use an app developed by Daimler Mobility AG to book a journey by the automated S-Class vehicles from a defined pick-up point to their destination.

    Mercedes-Benz and Bosch hope this trial will offer valuable insights into the further development of their SAE Level 4/5 automated driving system.

    The partners also expect to gain further insights into how self-driving cars can be integrated into an intermodal mobility system that also includes public transportation and car-sharing.

    Mercedes-Benz, Bosch, San José – partners for the future of mobility

    In mid-2017, San José was the first American city to invite private companies to carry out field tests of automated driving and analyze the growing challenges in road traffic.

    Especially in congested city traffic, self-driving cars’ permanent 360-degree surround sensing can potentially enhance safety, and their smooth driving style can improve traffic flow.

    “AS A CITY, WE WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HOW AUTOMATED VEHICLES CAN HELP IMPROVE SAFETY AND REDUCE CONGESTION, AS WELL AS MAKE MOBILITY MORE AVAILABLE, SUSTAINABLE, AND INCLUSIVE. THE PROJECT OF MERCEDES-BENZ AND BOSCH TIES IN WITH SAN JOSÉ’S EXTENSIVE ‘SMART CITY’ OBJECTIVES. IT WILL ALSO HELP US DEVELOP GUIDELINES FOR DEALING WITH NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND PREPARE FOR THE TRAFFIC SYSTEM OF THE FUTURE”

    DOLAN BECKEL, DIRECTOR OF CIVIC INNOVATION AND DIGITAL STRATEGY

    “IF AUTOMATED DRIVING IS TO BECOME EVERYDAY REALITY, THE TECHNOLOGY HAS TO WORK RELIABLY AND SAFELY. AND THIS IS WHERE WE NEED TESTS SUCH AS OUR PILOT PROJECT IN SAN JOSÉ”

    DR. MICHAEL FAUSTEN, HEAD OF ENGINEERING FOR URBAN AUTOMATED DRIVING AT ROBERT BOSCH GMBH

    “IT’S NOT JUST THE AUTOMATED VEHICLES THAT HAVE TO PROVE THEIR METTLE. WE ALSO NEED PROOF THAT THEY CAN FIT IN AS A PIECE OF THE URBAN MOBILITY PUZZLE. WE CAN TEST BOTH THESE THINGS IN SAN JOSÉ”

    DR. UWE KELLER, HEAD OF AUTONOMOUS DRIVING AT MERCEDES-BENZ AG

    From August through November, representatives of the project joined staff from the City of San José to discuss the project with several community organizations.

    At seven meetings of neighborhood and business groups along the corridor, the team discussed the project goals, demonstrated the vehicle technology, explained the layers of safety redundancy built into the project, and took suggestions for future use cases.

    Mercedes-Benz and Bosch partnering in the U.S. and Europe

    For some two and a half years now, Mercedes-Benz and Bosch have been working together on solutions for automated driving in cities. Their common goal is an SAE Level 4/5 driving system for fully automated and driverless vehicles, including the software for vehicle management.

    However, they are not interested in prototypes, but instead want to develop a production-ready system that can be integrated into different vehicle types and models. In their work to develop software for controlling vehicle movement, the partners deliberately do not rely solely on artificial intelligence and clocking up test mileage.

    Their engineers also use simulations and specially designed proving grounds to specifically address the kind of driving situations that occur only very rarely in road traffic.

    For this purpose, engineers at the Immendingen testing and technology center in Germany can also make use of a 100,000 square-meter proving ground designed especially for automated driving. There, complex traffic situations can be reproduced extremely accurately, and as often as desired.

    For Mercedes-Benz and Bosch, thoroughness and safety are the top priorities. In addition, their alliance is not exclusively concerned with the road and weather conditions in the United States. While one part of the team is based in Sunnyvale, a Silicon Valley city between San José and San Francisco, another part comprising engineers from both companies works in the Stuttgart area.

    Alliance uses short decision-making channels and direct communication

    Wherever they work, the Mercedes-Benz and Bosch associates sit desk to desk. This ensures short decision-making channels and rapid exchange across disciplines.

    And at any time, associates can draw on the knowledge and expertise of their colleagues in their parent companies.

    Here, Bosch know-how ranging from sensors, control units, and steering and brake control systems to entire automotive subsystems can be seamlessly complemented by Mercedes-Benz’s long years of experience in systems integration and automaking.

    The division of labor within the project is no different. Mercedes-Benz’s task is to make the jointly developed driving system ready for installation in the vehicle, and to provide the necessary trial vehicles, test bays, and test fleets. For its part, Bosch develops and manufactures the components for urban automated driving that the alliance has identified.

    Platform allows integration of automated vehicles into taxi fleets

    Specially for their automated ride-hailing service pilot project, Bosch and Mercedes-Benz have taken a further partner on board: Daimler Mobility AG is developing and testing a fleet platform to accompany the pilot operation phase.

    This allows potential ride-hailing partners to seamlessly integrate self-driving (Mercedes-Benz) vehicles into their service portfolio.

    The platform manages both self-driving and conventional vehicles, including operation and maintenance. An app-based mobility service for conventionally driven Mercedes-Benz vehicles went into operation in the Bay Area in the fall of 2019.

    The service is also available in the German capital Berlin.

  • BENTLEY’S FLYING SPUR CROWNED CARWOW’S ‘LUXURY CAR OF THE YEAR’

    Bentley Flying Spur
    Bentley Flying Spur

    BENTLEY’S FLYING SPUR CROWNED CARWOW’S ‘LUXURY CAR OF THE YEAR’

    • All-new Flying Spur has claimed ‘Luxury Car of the Year’ by carwow at their annual ‘Car of the Year’ industry awards
    • First award for Bentley’s all-new luxury sporting sedan
    • Flying Spur production began on 16 October

    Bentley’s all-new Flying Spur has been awarded ‘Luxury Car of the Year’ by carwow at their annual awards evening. The award winners were chosen by carwow’s team of in-house reviewers and writers, led by editorial director Mat Watson.

    “THE BENTLEY FLYING SPUR OOZES LUXURY. FROM THE POWERFUL YET ELEGANT DESIGN, THE IMPECCABLE CABIN, THE LAVISH MATERIALS AND THE HAND-BUILT BOUTIQUE AMBIANCE THAT MAKES YOU FEEL SUPER SPECIAL WHEN YOU CLIMB ABOARD. AND IT’S AS ENJOYABLE TO DRIVE AS IT IS TO BE CHAUFFEURED IN.’

    MAT WATSON

    The all-new Flying Spur was launched earlier this year, and first drives have recently been completed by the world’s media in Monaco. The car has been praised by many for its drive dynamics paired with uncompromising luxury. GQ commented that it is ‘the best new luxury car in the world’.

    The start of production for Flying Spur was recently announced, with first customer deliveries to be expected early next year.

  • Audi A1 citycarver: the most progressive compact model with the four rings

    Audi A1 citycarver 
Colour: Arrow gray and Pulse orange
    Audi A1 citycarver Colour: Arrow gray and Pulse orange

    It looks trendy and confident on the road, it leaves plenty of room for customization, and it offers top-of-the-line networking all around: the Audi A1 citycarver (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.5–5.1 (42.8.6–46.1 US mpg)*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 124–117 (199.6–188.3 g/mi)*). The most progressive model in the new A1 product line is at home in any environment: in the city, on country roads and highways and, thanks to its elevated body, even on unsurfaced roads.

    Progressive and robust: concept and exterior design

    The A1 citycarver is the most progressive model in Audi’s compact model series. It is based on the new A1 Sportback and has adopted the sporty, taut body line with the broad track and short overhangs. However, it has just over four centimeters (1.6 in) more ground clearance, which makes it easier to get in and provides an even better overview. Roughly 35 millimeters (1.4 in)of its new height are due to the modified suspension, which has a larger jounce travel. The large wheels contribute the remainder of the increase.

    The exterior of the A1 citycarver, which measures 4.05 meters (13.3 ft) in length, sports a robust, off-road look The large, octagonal Singleframe is reminiscent of the Audi Q models. It gets by without a frame; its insert is a strongly sculpted honeycomb painted in matt black. There are two characteristic slots above the grille. The underbody protection coated in stainless steel paint accentuates its features, and the wheel arches and distinctive side sills on the sidewall sport attachments in a contrasting color. The rear bumpers echo the design of the front apron.

    Audi offers a selection of nine colors. Upon request, the roof dome can be painted in Mythos black, metallic or Manhattan gray, metallic to form a contrast to the body. This is a typical A1 design solution. The exterior can be customized even further with the black styling package. It bathes the attachments in the lower section of the body, which otherwise come in gray and a stainless steel paint finish, in deep black.

    Spacious and modern: the interior

    In the interior of the Audi A1 citycarver, even the rear passengers can enjoy plenty of head- and legroom. The luggage compartment normally provides a volume of up to 335 liters (11.8 cu ft). When the rear backrests are folded down, this increases to 1,090 liters (38.5 cu ft)up to the roof. The luggage compartment package, which features a net and a variable loading floor (optional), is a handy feature for everyday life in the city.

    The A1 citycarver features the most sporty interior in the compact class. The instrument panel is tilted toward the driver, and the standard digital instrument cluster and its cover form a unit with the air vents. The MMI display (optional) and the vent strip on the front passenger side are positioned on a surface with a black glass look.

    Individual design plays a central role in the interior concept of the Audi A1 citycarver. There are four equipment variants to choose from: basic, advanced, design selection and S line. Contrasting stitching on the covers is available from the interior advanced equipment variant and upward, while the S line offers combinations of fabric/synthetic leather or Alcantara/synthetic leather.

    The design selection includes the impressive contour/ambient lighting package. All equipment variants of the Audi A1 citycarver—from the sport seats (standard with the S line) to the LED headlights with dynamic rear turn signal lights—are based on the A1 Sportback**.

    The brand’s most progressive compact model is geared toward young customers. This is also reflected in the color and material palettes. Upon request, the fresh mint and orange (new) colors emphasize the seat upholstery (with the advanced line). The accent surfaces on the air vents, the center tunnel console and the doors are painted in mint, silver-gray, orange, copper or structured gray (for the S line), while the application surface on the instrument panel is available in matt black, Ferrum gray or Diamond silver.

    Digital display as standard: controls and displays

    The A1 citycarver is fit for the digital future. Even the basic version is fitted with a fully digital instrument cluster, including a high-resolution 10.25-inch display that is operated via a multifunction steering wheel. The Audi virtual cockpit, which provides many more functions, is available as an alternative. The driver can switch between multiple views via the steering wheel.

    Fully networked: infotainment and Audi connect

    As regards infotainment, the MMI radio comes as standard. At the next higher level is its plus version with the 8.8-inch MMI touch display. If the customer orders either the preparation for MMI navigation plus or the top navigation system, the display has an even larger diagonal of 10.1 inches. All commands and requests, including free-form text search, are made via touch entry or voice control here. The navigation system makes intelligent destination suggestions based on previous journeys. Service provider HERE computes the route online with consideration of traffic conditions in a wide area.

    The interaction with the online services from Audi connect makes the MMI navigation plus even more attractive. These services include extended voice control with online requests, navigation with Google Earth™, traffic information online, parking information, traffic light information, Wi-Fi hotspot and hybrid radio. The free myAudi app connects the car with the customer’s smartphone. They can use it to transfer routes, special destinations and their calendar or to control the central locking remotely.

    The hardware of the A1 citycarver can also be connected all around. The Audi smartphone interface embeds iOS and Android smartphones in their native environment via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and provides two USB ports, one of which uses the new USB-C standard. The Audi phone box connects the smartphone to the vehicle’s antenna and charges it inductively based on the Qi standard. The Bang & Olufsen premium sound system with 3D sound pampers the ears of demanding hi-fi fans. 

    Just like the infotainment system, the driver assist systems of the Audi A1 citycarver reflect the state of the art. Audi pre sense front uses a radar sensor to detect critical situations in front of the vehicle. It is included as standard, as is the lane departure warning. Adaptive cruise control (optional) keeps the vehicle at the desired distance to the vehicle driving in front. The park assist, which is also optional, guides the vehicle into parallel and perpendicular parking spots.

    Two three-cylinders and one four-cylinder: the engines

    The A1 citycarver will be launched with two three-cylinder TFSI engine variants, followed by a four-cylinder engine a little later on. Turbocharging, direct injection and a particle filter are standard. Depending on the engine variant and the customer’s wishes, the power is transferred to the front wheels by either a manual transmission or a seven-speed S tronic. If the vehicle is fitted with the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, the S tronic includes a freewheeling function in efficiency mode.

    Each engine captivates customers with its individual strengths. The main strengths of the three-cylinder engines are its compact layout, the low weight of 88 kilograms (194.0 lb) and the low moved masses. The 1.0 TFSI with 70 kW (95 metric hp), which powers the A1 citycarver 25 TFSI (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.2 (45.2 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 119 (191.5 g/mi)), is particularly efficient. In the more powerful performance level for the citycarver 30 TFSI (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.4–5.1 (43.6–46.1 US mpg)*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 122–117 (196.3–188.3 g/mi)*), it outputs 85 kW (116 metric hp).

    The 1.5 TFSI is a high-tech engine. Its cylinder on demand (COD) system shuts down two cylinders in moderate driving operation, and solutions like the iron-coated cylinder linings reduce interior friction. The 1.5-liter engine powers the A1 citycarver 35 TFSI (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.5–5.3 (42.8–44.4 US mpg)*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 124–120 (199.6–193.1.y g/mi)*) with an output of 110 kW (150 metric hp).

    As harmonious as it is sporty: the suspension

    Audi has equipped the A1 citycarver with a suspension tuned to be harmonious, sporty and precise. The setup and the larger circumference of the tires lift the body’s trim level by 35 millimeters (1.4 in) as compared to the A1 Sportback. The dynamic package is available for the 30 TFSI** and the 35 TFSI**. It includes red brake calipers, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, a sound actuator and a suspension with adjustable dampers.

    The Audi drive select system, which offers the modes auto, dynamic, efficiency and individual (only in combination with navigation), is also available separately. Adjustable dampers are available in combination with the dynamic package. As an alternative to the standard 16-inch wheels, Audi and Audi Sport offer wheels with a diameter of up 18 inches (with the dynamic package). The optional hold assist prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards on uphill and downhill slopes.

    From EUR 22,100: Market introduction and edition model

    The A1 citycarver will be introduced on the European market in the fall of 2019. In Germany, it will be available from EUR 22,100. At market launch, Audi will also introduce the “edition one,” a special edition model finished in Arrow gray or Pulse orange with 18-inch wheels. The headlights and rear lights are darkened, and the exclusive interior equipment is based on the S line. Customers can order the “edition one” for engine variants from 85 kW for an extra cost of EUR 5,650.

    * Fuel/power consumption and CO2 emission figures given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used as well as the selected equipment 

    ** The collective fuel consumption values of all models named and available on the German market can be found in the list provided at the end of this press information. The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.

  • Bentley’s pivotal 1939 Corniche rises from the ashes

    1939 Bentley Corniche
    1939 Bentley Corniche

    Bentley’s pivotal 1939 Corniche rises from the ashes – Bentley has re-created a long-lost car from its illustrious past that provides a crucial link in the history of its most important models.

    The ground-up rebuild of the only 1939 Corniche ever made highlights the marque’s pedigree of design and technological innovation, the breadth of skills within Mulliner’s bespoking division, and connects the fabled Embiricos 4¼ Litre and R Type Continental.

    The only car of its type now in existence thanks to the skills of Mulliner, the Corniche was conceived to be a high performance version of the new MkV saloon, itself a technological advance that was due to be launched in October 1939.

    The styling of the Corniche was a radical step forward from the traditional Bentleys of the 1920s and ‘30s, introducing ‘Streamlining’ to help deliver greater speed and performance, and heavily influenced post-war models from the R Type Continental right through to the current Continental GT.

    The original Corniche was lost in France in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II. It was extensively damaged in a traffic accident whilst undergoing road tests in France in August 1939. Sent for repairs, the chassis made it home to the Bentley plant in Derby, but the bodywork was destroyed in a bombing raid on Dieppe later in 1939 and was never seen again.

    Until now.

    The project was originally started several years ago by volunteers from the WO Bentley Memorial Foundation and the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation, but was brought in-house in February 2018 under the watchful eye of Chairman and Chief Executive Adrian Hallmark, who asked for it to be completed in 2019 to celebrate Bentley’s centenary.

    Adrian Hallmark disclosed that the Corniche was a clear step in Bentley’s design language which is evident when set aside the later and now iconic R Type Continental. It is a pivotal car in the history of Bentley, demonstrating that even then, this great British marque was at the cutting edge of design and technology.

    “Mulliner’s stunning recreation of the Corniche clearly demonstrates our skill in restoring the greats from Bentley’s back catalogue as well as making beautiful personalised modern Bentleys.”

    The project naturally fell to the Mulliner division, where since the 1970s one-off cars have been built for discerning collectors and Royalty, including two State Limousines manufactured in 2002. Today production models are adapted and built to particular customers’ exacting personal specifications.

    As Mulliner’s first historic car project, the Corniche has demonstrated the full breadth of the division’s coachbuilding and restoration skills and capabilities.

    Using only the original technical drawings and the skills of the men and women of Mulliner, Bentley’s in-house bespoke and coachbuilding division, this unique Corniche has been rebuilt in Crewe using original Corniche and MkV mechanical components and a completely re-made body, identical in every detail to the original.

    “It’s been a fantastic team effort, We have highly skilled craftsmen within Mulliner and around the rest of Bentley Motors, and they all have massive pride in what they’ve achieved with this car.”

    Stefan Sielaff, Design Director,Bentley and Director of Mulliner

    The Corniche will make its first public appearance at Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace in September and will join Bentley’s Heritage fleet, which already includes WO Bentley’s 8 Litre and the Birkin Team Blower, to be used and exhibited at events around the world.

    Resurrecting an icon

    Many of the parts that had been produced to make further Corniche models were kept until the early 1970s before being sold off to specialists and enthusiasts. Then, in 2001, automotive historian and former Bentley director Ken Lea decided to try to use original parts as the basis for a recreation of the Corniche.

    The project was based in Derby, with volunteers gathering information and parts to assemble the chassis. In 2008, with the project out of money, Bentley Motors provided an injection of funds, and work started on the ash frame and aluminium bodywork with coachbuilders Ashley & James in Lymington, Hampshire. The body was created from the outline drawings given to the project by the family of the car’s original designer, George Paulin.

    The project continued to make slow progress until it was brought in-house to Mulliner at Bentley Motors at the request of new Chairman and CEO Adrian Hallmark.

    The project to re-create the Corniche was overseen by a team of four: Ken Lea; Robin Peel, Head of Heritage; Ian Broomhall, Mulliner Operations Manager and Glyn Davies, Mulliner Special Projects leader.

    Many team members from Mulliner and across the wider Bentley Motors business dedicated their personal time to work on the Corniche, and staff from other divisions joined in.

    The Mulsanne body-in-white team, where panels are still hand-formed, helped with final detailed finessing of panels; the paint laboratory spent many hours producing colour samples of the main body colour of Imperial Maroon and the side flash of Heather Grey from the limited descriptions available; Head of Interior Design Darren Day and his team produced CAD designs for the seats and door trims derived from detailed historical research; and the Mulliner trim team worked from the designs to create a period-appropriate interior in typical Vanvooren style, using the correct Connolly Vaumol hide, West of England cloth and the carpet from a roll discovered stored away on site.

    In the Mulliner workshop, Mulliner Master Carpenter Gary Bedson devised a steam booth to allow him to bend sections of wood for the interior window surrounds, often spending over an hour wreathed in steam just to attain a few degrees more curvature.

    Other team members worked hard to re-create the front grille, using CAD to analyse airflow and design each individual slat, which were then hand-formed by skilled metalworkers over a period of three months.

    Six Mulliner apprentices, one of whom even created an authentic tool tray for the boot of the Corniche, were also involved throughout the car’s time with Mulliner.

    Every aspect of the project received Mulliner attention. From the special paint mixes – named Imperial Maroon and Heather Grey – to the unique interior trim, the accessories such as the tool tray and even the Mulliner tread plates on the door shuts were created from scratch.

    The original 1939 Corniche

    In the late-1930s, Greek racer André Embiricos commissioned a sporting Bentley, based on the old 4¼ Litre chassis. It was styled by talented designer Georges Paulin, and built by French coachbuilder Pourtout. Although privately commissioned, it was much-admired and secretly encouraged among Bentley engineers and management, who were convinced that the factory should produce a more sporting version of the forthcoming MkV saloon.

    It was agreed that the Corniche should be built to investigate the idea. It would have a lightweight chassis, built from thinner-than-standard gauge steel, fitted with a tuned version of the MkV engine matched to an overdrive gearbox created to suit. The Corniche was built as a collaboration between Bentley and third parties such as Georges Paulin, the French car designer who designed the bodywork and Carrosserie Vanvooren in Paris who made the bodywork.

    The car was completed by May 1939 and tried out at Brooklands race circuit, where it achieved well over 100mph – a significant improvement on the standard MkV. Streamlining had only just started to be adopted on production cars of the period, so the smooth lines of the Corniche were ahead of their time. It had at least been recognised that the huge upright radiator of a traditional Bentley adversely affected the top speed, and the smoothed nose of the Corniche was a direct reaction to that understanding.

    Pillarless Body

    The pillarless body, with front and rear-hinged doors was also extremely innovative for the period, and the complicated curves of the front wings and the long sweeps of the rears were a long way from the typical designs of the period. In staid 1930s Britain, this was pure fantasy-made-real.

    After Brooklands, the Corniche went to France for road testing, but in July 1939 it was damaged by a bus and returned to Vanvooren for repairs and body improvements. When completed, on August 8, it was collected by a Bentley test driver, who headed straight for the Bentley depot at Chateauroux where the testing was based. It was as he neared the HQ that a car pulled in front of the Corniche, causing the Bentley test driver to swerve and hit a tree. The car rolled onto its side, causing extensive damage.

    The Corniche was due to be displayed at the Earls Court and Paris motor shows later that year, so there was no time to lose. The body was removed from the chassis, and the chassis returned to Crewe, while the body went to a local repair shop in France.

    The Corniche body was eventually completed in France, and transported to Dieppe to be shipped home. However, an administration error at the docks caused a delay, and while the Corniche body was stored waiting to be shipped it was destroyed when Dieppe was heavily bombed during WWII.

    Centenary Celebrations

    July 10, 2019 marked Bentley’s 100th year – an extraordinary milestone achieved by only a few companies. A year-long series of special activities have been taking place, with celebrations at events around the world. They showcase Bentley’s motoring evolution over the last 100 years, highlighting its global success today and the exciting future of innovation ahead.

  • BENTLEY’S EXCLUSIVE FLYING SPUR FIRST EDITION TO BE AUCTIONED AT THE ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION GALA

    Bentley Flying Spur First Edition
    Bentley Flying Spur First Edition

    BENTLEY’S EXCLUSIVE FLYING SPUR FIRST EDITION TO BE AUCTIONED AT THE ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION GALA – Bentley publicizes the arrival of the Flying Spur First Edition at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala, where it will be auctioned in support of the fund-raising charity at the inaugural Mid-summer Party, Johnny Pigozzi’s private and beautiful Villa Dorane in Côte d’Azur, South of France on July 24th.

    The Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala features a cocktail reception, a Provençal dinner, a live auction conducted by Simon de Pury, and a performance from Chris Martin of Coldplay. Monies raised at the gala will be used to produce an AIDS-free future.

    With astounding attention to detail, sculpted surfaces and intelligent technology the Flying Spur First Edition, limited to just 12 months of production, is rare, collectable and incredibly luxurious. Taking the driver on a journey of constant discovery this collector’s car inspires the imagination with its elegant form and intuitive interaction.

    With an acceleration rate of 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds this world-leading sedan delivers extreme power and agility, through an Active All-Wheel Drive System and All Wheel steering that ensures maximum sure-footedness and an engaging driving experience on demand.

    Performance is a crucial part of what makes the Flying Spur First Edition one of the world’s most dramatic and captivating cars, delivered via a state-of-the-art W12 engine, with its relaxed yet seemingly endless power delivery. An 8-speed ZF dual-clutch transmission maximises smooth acceleration and quick gearshifts, delivering improved fuel economy and efficiency.

    All the individual elements combine to provide an exhilarating experience, a balance of poise and breath-taking pace, whether you are crossing continents as a Grand Tourer or on a city commute.

    DA range of totally exclusive features is found in the Flying Spur First Edition. This extraordinary limited edition model will display a First Edition exterior badge and a First Edition Fascia badge – a Union Jack flag.

  • Chevrolet Teams Up with Houston Astros Superstar José Altuve Partners go to bat for youth baseball development

    Chevrolet Teams Up with Houston Astros Superstar José Altuve Partners go to bat for youth baseball development
    Chevrolet Teams Up with Houston Astros Superstar José Altuve Partners go to bat for youth baseball development

    Chevrolet Teams Up with Houston Astros Superstar José Altuve Partners go to bat for youth baseball development – Chevrolet is partnering with Houston Astros second baseman José Altuve to support youth sports development. Altuve will be a Chevy brand ambassador on a variety of projects, including the brand’s long-standing investment in Chevy Youth Baseball and Chevy Youth Baseball clinics. 

    “CHEVY AND JOSÉ ALTUVE SHARE A LOVE OF BASEBALL, INVOLVEMENT IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND A COMMITMENT TO DEVELOPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF PLAYERS, THIS PARTNERSHIP HELPS US GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITIES AND SUPPORT YOUTH BASEBALL THROUGH THE CHEVY CARES PLATFORM.”

    PAUL EDWARDS, U.S. VICE PRESIDENT, CHEVROLET MARKETING

    Chevy Youth Baseball is a community-based program through the Chevy Cares philanthropic initiative that empowers the next generation of Major League hopefuls to stay active, develop self-esteem and learn important life lessons like teamwork. Since 2006, the program has offered nearly 2,000 free clinics and helped 8 million aspiring baseball players through equipment and uniform donations and field refurbishment. 

    “I OWE EVERYTHING I AM TODAY TO THE SKILLS I LEARNED PLAYING YOUTH BASEBALL, MY PARTNERSHIP WITH CHEVY AND CHEVY YOUTH BASEBALL IS A NATURAL FIT AND A GREAT WAY TO CONTINUE TO CONNECT WITH AND INSPIRE FUTURE ALL-STAR HOPEFULS.”

     -JOSÉ ALTUVE, HOUSTON ASTROS SECOND BASEMAN

    After the MLB All-Star Game on July 9, Chevy will award the fan-voted Ted Williams Most Valuable Player with his choice of a red 2019 Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss or white 2020 Silverado HD High Country. 

    This year’s National Chevrolet PLAY BALL reporter, 10-year-old Ethan Morgan, will attend the 2019 MLB All-Star Game on behalf of Chevy and have the opportunity to interview players and coaches during MLB’s All-Star Media Day, as well as at the All-Star Red Carpet ShowTM presented by Chevrolet. PLAY BALL is MLB’s collective effort to encourage youth to participate in baseball- and softball-related activities.

    “GETTING YOUTH ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN OUR SPORT IS KEY — YOUNG BASEBALL PLAYERS ARE TOMORROW’S BIG LEAGUE PROSPECTS, DEDICATED PARTNERS AND PLAYERS LIKE CHEVROLET AND JOSÉ ALTUVE HELP US SUPPORT YOUTH BASEBALL DEVELOPMENT IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.” 

    TONY REAGINS, MLB EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, BASEBALL & SOFTBALL DEVELOPMENT

    Chevy has been the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball since 2005 and proudly supports 15 MLB teams. 

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