- Lotus, the British sports car maker, is being bought by China's Geely.
The purchase is part of a deal by Geely to buy a 49.9% stake in Malaysian carmaker Proton, which owns Lotus.
Geely, which also owns the London Taxi Company and Sweden's Volvo Car Group, will take a 51% stake in Lotus.
Jean-Marc Gales, who became Lotus chief executive in 2014, has been trying to return the Norwich-based company to consistent profit after two decades in the red.
It was effectively locked out of United States in 2015 when its airbags failed to comply with new car safety regulations, but Lotus returned to the American market last summer.
While the Lotus car company has not been involved in Formula 1 racing since the 1990s it runs an engineering consultancy selling sports car technology.
Geely is expected to use its research in composite materials and lightweight technology to help it comply with increasingly demanding emission regulations in China....
- BMW takes wraps off most potent model in M4 lineup
Planned for North American delivery in early 2018, the M4 CS holds true to BMW’s earlier club sport traditions, boasting a more powerful engine than even the competition-package-equipped version of the standard M4 now on sale in the U.S.
Aerodynamics, weight savings pay off in BMW’s 454-hp M4 CS.
BMW’s M performance-car division reveals the new 454-hp M4 CS, heralding a new line of limited-edition Club Sport models positioned above the existing range of standard M models but below the ultra-low-volume, stripped-out GTS specials typically launched toward the end of the life of selected M models.
Unveiled by BMW M division Chairman Frank van Meel at the Shanghai auto show, the latest member of the M4 lineup resurrects the CS nomenclature first used by the German automaker on the 2000CS in 1965 but more prominently...
Fuel consumption combined: 9.3 – 8.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 209 - 203 g/km
Shanghai. Mercedes-Benz is demonstrating its innovative strength at this year’s Auto Shanghai. With the new S-Class, the inventor of the automobile is opening up a whole new dimension of driving. The Concept A Sedan show car provides a glimpse of the next generation of the successful compact cars bearing the three-pointed star. And celebrating its Asia premiere is the extensively redesigned GLA compact SUV.
Mercedes-Benz’s appearance at this year’s Auto Shanghai is headlined by the world premiere of the new S-Class. A host of innovations in efficiency, comfort and automated driving make the best car in the world even better. With the new S-Class, the inventor of the automobile is opening up a whole new dimension of driving and underscoring its position as the leading manufacturer in the luxury automobile segment. Also celebrating their world premieres are the latest versions of the Mercedes-AMG S 63 4MATIC+ (fuel consumption, combined: 8.9 l/100 km; CO2emissions, combined: 203 g/km) and the Mercedes-AMG S 65 (fuel consumption, combined: 11.9 l/100 km; CO2emissions, combined: 279 g/km)..
- VW I.D. Crozz signals new era of long-range electric Crossovers.
Volkswagen says it handles much like a Golf GTI.
After a hatchback and a minivan, VW’s third I.D. concept foretells what will become in a few years a zero-emissions crossover riding on the group’s new MEB platform developed specifically for electric vehicles. With sliding rear doors, a coupe-like roofline and individual rear seats, it’s no ordinary CUV.
Crossover-coupes are certainly not for everyone, but the I.D. Crozz (yes, with a “z”) does look quite interesting with its prominent body creases and futuristic headlights. The way the sleek all-LED taillights extend onto the rear fenders is also a nice touch. We could do without the illuminated VW badges, though. By pushing the wheels outwards, the...
- Stuttgart/Shanghai. With the Concept A Sedan at Auto Shanghai Mercedes-Benz is providing an outlook of the next generation of compact vehicles and a potential, new body type.
The Concept A Sedan show car specifies the evolved Mercedes-Benz design language. Thanks to its purist, surface-focused design featuring reduced lines and gaps, the show car is hot and cool at the same time. The "Aesthetics A" sculpture already demonstrated that the upcoming compact class generation marks the dawn of an even more rigorous implementation of the design idiom of "sensual purity".
"Our Concept A Sedan shows, that the time of creases is over”, say Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG. “With its perfect proportions and a sensual treatment of surfaces with reduced lines, it is the next milestone of Sensual Purity and has the potential to introduce a new design era."
- Genesis unveiled its progressive GV80 Concept SUV at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. The new fuel cell concept SUV continues to build on the global brand's expressive and refined 'Athletic Elegance' design direction. The GV80 Concept reveals precision details and a confidently evolved design language that provides subtle glimpses into the bold future of Genesis' design and product development.
The Genesis GV80 Concept is the brand's first interpretation of a versatile luxury SUV, which strikes a perfect balance between elegance and versatility. On the exterior, this is seen in the concept's confident posture and athletic prowess, while the spacious interior indulges passengers and immerses them in technology that connects them to the vehicle. Recognizing the brand's global impact, the GV80 Concept utilizes the latest plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric technology to combine...
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