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Land Rover provides glimpse of the new Range Rover

Land Rover has given a first glimpse of the New Range Rover ahead of its world premiere. Across five decades of pioneering innovation, the Range Rover has led by example. It has earned an unmatched status as the ultimate luxury SUV for royalty, politicians, business leaders and celebrities across the world, combining peerless refinement and unmatched capability.

“The New Range Rover is a vehicle with a peerless character, from the impeccable restraint of its exterior to the flawless tranquil sanctuary of its cabin. Informed by creative intellect and a desire for perfection, it doesn’t follow fashion or trend, but by a modernist design philosophy, combined with over 50 years of evolution, it is quite simply the most desirable Range Rover ever created,” said Prof Gerry McGovern OBE, chief creative officer at Jaguar Land Rover.

The New Range Rover will be unveiled on October 26.

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CUPRA Born: Brand’s first 100% electric model ready to be the impulse in the EV market

The CUPRA Born is shifting the market, the impulse of a new era. The first 100% electric vehicle from CUPRA delivers an emotional design and instantaneous performance, while challenging the status quo.  

The CUPRA Born delivers an advanced powertrain to produce instantaneous performance matched to a chassis that delivers driving emotions in any driving scenario. And with stimulating design to help CUPRA’s first all-electric vehicle stand out, the CUPRA Born is ready to shake things up in the market.

 “The CUPRA Born is the impulse in the electric era, delivering stimulating design from Barcelona, instantaneous performance with an all-electric range of more than 500km. It’s a vehicle that contributes to reducing global CO2 emissions and helps meet European targets,” said Wayne Griffiths, CEO of CUPRA. “But it also marks a shift in the industry. CUPRA will use unconventional sales models to reach new people and take the CUPRA brand and the Born beyond the traditional.”

The CUPRA Born marks a new era for the brand, joining the electrified CUPRA range together with the plug-in hybrid variants of the CUPRA Leon, CUPRA Leon Sportstourer and the CUPRA Formentor, all of which use electricity to maximise performance.

Moreover, it’s the first model to be delivered to customers with a net CO2 neutral concept, where energy from renewable sources is used in the supply chain. The remaining emissions are offset by environmental and project investments certified to the highest standards. 

Designed and developed in Barcelona, at CUPRA’s headquarters in Martorell, the CUPRA Born is produced at the Zwickau plant in Germany. The car will be launched to the markets from November. 

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One of the world’s fastest growing car brands, Maxus arrives in Malta

One of the world’s fastest growing international car brands, Maxus continues to capture a growing portion in Europe, while generating an increasing number of sales. This new car make belongs to the Chinese SAIC Group (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation), which is the largest car manufacturer in China. And with more than seven million vehicles sold in 2018, SAIC Motor has grown to become the sixth largest car group in the world.

Electrification has become the development trend of the automotive industry, and major car companies are also launching their own electric models. Maxus has become a leader in the electric vehicle sector and their success in this area will only continue as electric vehicles become more and more popular in the years ahead.

The development strategy, which is being adopted by SAIC Group, through its evolving and powerful car brand, Maxus is to promote the scale production of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles and to endorse the development of industrial applications and scale engineering tests.

Maxus has already won numerous awards in Europe and now, the Chinese vehicle brand, has just landed to Malta thanks to GasanZammit Motors Limited. Malta’s leading automotive & marine company, has been appointed the local representative of the Maxus Brand for the Maltese territory hence joining GasanZammit’s portfolio of renowned car brands.

In today’s automobile industry, Maxus has established itself as a well-known brand, under the parent company SAIC, a Fortune Global 500 listed company. With its outstanding performance, high efficiency and superb reliability across its range of vehicles, Maxus has quickly emerged into a global leader of electric commercial vehicles.

“We want to make choosing an electric vehicle as easy as possible for customers, whether they are shopping for one vehicle or an entire fleet for their business,” said Mark Barrett, general manager of Harris Maxus.

Thanks to its wide range of EVs, Maxus is considered to be a trusted and reliable leader in the electric automobile sector. As an established and strong car business company, Maxus is equally committed to going the extra mile in the fight against climate change, which makes Maxus the perfect partner for any other business company in the world, that is serious about reducing its carbon footprint.

As the Maxus brand grows, both in China and across Europe, and with more and more models and variants being introduced to the market, the commercial vehicle range of Maxus is now available on display, at the Mrieħel car showroom of GasanZammit. In April 2020, Harris Group announced that LDV was being rebranded as Maxus across right-hand drive Europe, consolidating the brand’s presence across Europe, China and beyond.

“At GasanZammit Motors Limited, we are thrilled to add Maxus to our list of popular and trustworthy international car brands, knowing that this prevalent make will continue to represent outstanding performance, high efficiency and superb reliability across its range of vehicles. No doubt, as a leading car distributor in Malta, we are really enthusiastic to be part of this evolution and we are optimistic, that the introduction of Maxus to the Maltese automobile market, will contribute to the country’s electrification strategy, as electric vehicles become more and more popular in the years ahead,” said Carolyn Zammit, director of marketing at GasanZammit.

For the first time ever, during the popular Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, the Chinese automobile company showcased an all-electric LCV stand as MAXUS delivered an electric experience for visitors, featuring the new platform e DELIVER 3 and the larger e DELIVER 9 models. A significant highlight of this year’s show, visitors could check out nine MAXUS EV variants including an e DELIVER 3 fridge and EV SWB Dropsider (52.5kWh) in advance of the launch of the all-new e DELIVER 3 long wheelbase chassis, which is expected to be available in Malta in the coming months.

Maxus has had its best year ever thanks to several significant fleet deals and is currently forecasting a 400 per cent increase in sales in the UK by the end of 2021 (v 2020). EVs currently account for over 54 per cent of all sales registrations, copper fastening MAXUS position as a frontrunner in the commercial electric vehicle segment.

Maxus is improving its reach in Europe with each passing month. In July, over 5,000 vehicles including SAIC Maxus EV30 (called e Deliver 3 for the overseas version), EV90 (called e Deliver 9 for the overseas version), and V90 (called Deliver 9 for the overseas version) were exported to Europe from the Chinese factories

It’s interesting to note that Maxus has worked with many other business companies to help them electrify their fleets. Throughout this year, delivery company DPD, which is based in UK, purchased 750 all-electric commercial vehicles from the Chinese motor manufacturer. This saw DPD double its fleet of electric vehicles in the UK, increasing it to almost 1,500 carbon-neutral vehicles.

The arrival of Maxus as a new car brand in Malta, is considered to be good news as Malta’s biggest car importers company, is seeking to meet the increasing demand on reliable and eco-friendly transport solutions in the country. The vision of Maxus is to continue to build an innovative, globally recognised company that pioneers the future of the automotive industry, actively promoting new energy vehicles.

Explore the new world of Maxus and grab this opportunity to test drive the new range of vehicles for Malta. Now is the time for all car holders in Malta to learn more about fast growing international car brand. Visit Maxus’s new car showroom in Mrieħel.

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Porsche 962 C restored to its original condition down to the last detail

Hans-Joachim Stuck has had to wait almost 35 years for a reunion with the fully refurbished 962 C and its first rollout. So the surprise was all the greater when the silk cloth was drawn back to reveal the vehicle at the Weissach Development Centre.

The racing car from the Porsche Heritage and Museum department has been restored to its original 1987 condition over the past year and a half. “It feels like coming home,” smiled Stuck, stroking the car’s left wing.

The racing driver said he has nothing but fond memories of the victorious car with the racing number 17.

“By arranging this reunion after more than three decades, we have not only surprised Hans-Joachim Stuck, we have also taken a little journey through time. The history of the motorsport story surrounding the 962 C is unique,” said Achim Stejskal, Head of Porsche Heritage and Museum.

At the Weissach Development Centre, where the vehicle was first built and now has been restored to its original condition, Stuck also meets his race engineer of the time, Norbert Singer, and designer Rob Powell, the man responsible for the car’s black, yellow and red livery.

It is 35 years since the now 70-year-old won Germany’s prestigious and fiercely contested ADAC Würth Supercup. During the inaugural series for Group C sports car prototypes, he tested the then-new Porsche dual clutch transmission (PDK) at racing speed. The vehicle’s appearance changed before the second race, the Norisring 200 miles, when Shell came on board as a sponsor. Porsche also competed in yellow and red the following year and Stuck worked hard to successfully defend his Supercup title. This 962 C then began its second life as a test car in the aerodynamics department at Weissach, later serving as a reference vehicle for the sports car manufacturer’s corporate collection.

Armin Burger and Traugott Brecht from Historic Motorsport were jointly responsible for the racing car’s rebuild. “We kept passing this car in the warehouse. Then, about a year and a half ago, we decided to get it out of there, transfer it to Weissach and start working on it,” he Burger. He and his team had to rebuild many parts because they were long gone. “The cooperation with the other departments from Porsche was great. We found almost everything we needed within a radius of just 30 metres,” said Burger. At the very beginning of the reconstruction work, he invited Powell and Singer into the historic motorsport workshop.

“When you hear the right people talking by the vehicle, everything immediately becomes clear. We learned an incredible amount from two witnesses who were right there when it all happened,” he added. The experts completely rebuilt the underbody, changed the arrangement of the radiators and made many other bodywork adjustments. Then they presented the Supercup championship car to European media at a journalists’ workshop at the Weissach Development Centre.

Livery designer Powell brought along various thicknesses of tape, stencils and design sketches from 35 years earlier. “Stucki immediately liked the design of my first sketch,” he recalled.

Stuck gave him an affirmative nod over the roof of the car while the designer tapes the lines and applies a stencil to the front headlight: “This is very important, for example, so that the painters can plan the cut-out correctly. By the way, I still think the colour combination of yellow and red looks modern,” says Powell, putting the rolls of tape over his arm, ready for the numerous questions from the press.

Stuck, who was involved in the development of the car, also takes questions and waits for his turn to do the first laps on the run-in and test track. “I’m a big fan of the Porsche PDK dual-clutch transmission and proud that I was allowed to test it in the 962 back then. Being able to keep my hands on the steering wheel when changing gears at full throttle felt great right from the start,” he said. Today, PDK is available in every Porsche. A second surprise awaits Stuck just a few metres from the test area, when he discovers his red racing suit from the 80s and is delighted to find he still fits into it. “For me, the time with Porsche was the most successful of my entire career,” he says, putting on his white star-decorated helmet and climbing in. Unlike the basic model, the 962 C has a wheelbase that’s 120 millimetres longer and pedals that are mounted behind the forward-mounted front axle.

“We gave Stucki a very warm welcome at Porsche. He was always one of the drivers whose feedback I could interpret accurately, like the data from a sensor,” revealed Singer, who first introduced an aluminium monocoque with the 956 Group C car and its direct descendent the 962, as well as the Ground Effect underbody. Stuck starts his first lap on the two-and-a-half-kilometre test track in Weissach and all the spectators fall silent as they watch the Group C racer. “The car automatically takes me on a journey back in time and brings back many fond memories. I will never forget the atmosphere at the race tracks,” smiled Singer.

The 962 C made its first public appearance a few weeks ago at the Porsche Museum’s digital Sound Night. It will make many more appearances over the coming year, with driving and presentation events planned for the upcoming ‘40 years of Group C’ anniversary. “The 962 C was one of the few cars I was allowed to drive on my own, without team-mates and with exactly the setup I wanted. You never forget a car like that,” Stuck concluded, promising: “In 2022, we’ll celebrate the 40th in style!”

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Fiat 500 voted ‘Small Car of the Year’ at News UK Motor Awards

Voted for by consumers and shortlisted by prominent automotive journalists, New Fiat 500 has claimed the title of Small Car of the Year at News UK Motor Awards 2021. As in previous years, the News UK awards have been judged by consumers and automotive journalists across News UK’s titles, championing best-in-class vehicles across all motor segments.

Greg Taylor, Fiat UK managing director, said: “While we’ve become familiar with New Fiat 500 taking acclaim amongst industry experts this past year, it is particularly special to receive this award given it was voted for by the general public. Boasting best-in-class features – such as Level 2 autonomous driving – an impressive driving range and a host of driving modes to assist with the driving experience, it is evident that New 500 is not only the critics’ choice but also the people’s choice.”

The New 500 is the first fully-electric vehicle from Fiat and provides a range of best-in-class features such as Level 2 autonomous driving technologies, a variety of battery options – 24kWh or 42kWh – and a substantial driving range of up to 199 miles, the longest range of any electric city car on the market.

New 500 is available in three trim levels (Action, Icon and La Prima) as well as convertible options from the Icon trim upwards.

The New 500 has three driving modes to choose from: Normal, Range and Sherpa, and are designed to assist and enhance the driving experience and manage energy efficiency. Range mode offers one-pedal driving capability, perfect for city driving, combined with smoother acceleration and regenerative braking that can be used to bring the New 500 to a complete stop.

Additionally, the car benefits from fast charging capabilities, allowing the battery to recharge to 80 per cent in only 35 minutes. In addition, 30 miles of range takes only five minutes.

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All set for the 20th BMW Motorrad Days

For almost two decades now, attending the BMW Motorrad Days has been a must for motorcycle fans from all over the world. Visitors from countries such as the US, Japan or Australia, sports, touring and enduro riders, customising freaks or motorsports enthusiasts will all find their personal highlight to feel great and have loads of fun at the BMW Motorrad Days.

Following a two-year break – caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – BMW Motorrad invites fans and friends of the brand to the BMW Motorrad Days again on July 2, 3, 2022. This time the location will be in the Summer Garden of the Messe Berlin trade fair grounds. The event will immediately follow the Pure&Crafted Festival, which will take place on July 1, 2022 at the same location and for which BMW Motorrad is once again the initiator and title sponsor.

Currently, the fourth edition of the Berlin Pure&Crafted Festival held on September 17 and 18, 2021 has already impressively shown that the new location in the heart of City-West has what it takes not only to become the permanent new home for the Pure&Crafted Festival, but at the same time also offers perfect conditions for the BMW Motorrad Days.

Dr Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad, said: “The new concept is based on establishing a long-term presence at the BMW’s Berlin plant location with the BMW Motorrad Days. We can make use of the synergies with the already well-known and proven Pure&Crafted Festival. However, they will continue to be two separate and independent events: BMW Motorrad is a partner and sponsor of the Pure&Crafted Festival, while we host the BMW Motorrad Days, the brand’s biggest customer event worldwide, ourselves.”

On the first weekend of July next year, Pure&Crafted will offer its magic, charm and special moments to visitors already on Friday. As a unique event, the festival will thrill everyone attending with a distinctive mix of live music, motorcycle culture and new heritage lifestyle before the BMW Motorrad Days take the reins on Saturday and Sunday.

Lasting two days, the gathering will once again be dedicated entirely to the international BMW Motorrad fan community and riding fun on two wheels. In addition to new products, spectacular stunts, motorsports celebrities, test rides and a great deal more, guests can particularly look forward to the now legendary party atmosphere of the BMW Motorrad Days, garnished with a dash of Bavarian lifestyle. Visitors to the BMW Motorrad Days 2022 in Berlin can look forward to a varied programme of activities that is broader than ever. The tastes of both young and old are catered for with fun and high spirits being guaranteed for everyone.

The stunt shows push the limits of driving physics and in the original Motodrom, the oldest Wall of Death in the world, the great tradition of wall-of-death riding will be revived. Customizing fans will get their money’s worth in the Heritage Area where they can inspect a whole series of custom bikes and the respective equipment”.

On top of that, the Berlin hinterland can be explored by motorbike both onroad and offroad on organised tours with local guides. Once again in 2022 there will also be a wide selection of current BMW Motorrad models available for test rides.

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Maserati Mexico is 55 years old

October 6, 1966 saw the opening of the 53rd edition of the Mondial de l’automobile de Paris, where the new Maserati Mexico – considered one of the finest Italian GT cars of all time – made its debut. The Mexico, designed by Vignale, was an exquisite car with sleek and immaculate lines: it was an elegant 2+2 coupé in pure Maserati style, but with a powerful sporty heart. In fact, underneath its bonnet it concealed the road version of the racing engine derived from the 450 S.

It was the third Maserati model to use this propulsion unit, after the Quattroporte and the 5000 GT.

Among the hypotheses on how this car came to be named as the Central American country, it is said that a major Mexican customer had purchased a 5000 GT Allemano which formerly belonged to Mexican President Adolfo López Mateos in 1961, and brought it to Modena to be repaired after an accident. While visiting the historic Viale Ciro Menotti plant, the customer was apparently so impressed by the Vignale-designed prototype that he absolutely insisted on buying it, to the point where the bodywork was transferred to the chassis of his 5000 GT. This series of coincidences is said to have led to the choice of the name “Mexico” for the future model.

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Right from its launch, the car was equipped with a 4.2 L V8 of 260 HP and a top speed of 240 km/h and a 4.7 L V8 of 290 HP, able to propel it to a top speed of 255 km/h.

The Maserati Mexico impressed with both style and equipment, which included – as standard – leather seats, electric windows, wooden dashboard, air-conditioning and servo-assisted ventilated front disc brakes. Automatic transmission, power steering and radio were available as optionals. The interior was described as “an Italian-style lounge”, expressing Italian identity and Maserati’s trademark craftsmanship.

Today, just as 55 years ago, Maserati continues to build iconic cars that shape the history of motoring and set benchmarks for the luxury segment. The Mexico represented excellence, design and power, values still found in all Trident models.

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Ferrari 250 GT TDF wins Trofeo BMW Group at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

The Trofeo BMW Group remains firmly in Italian hands. The Ferrari 250 GT TDF is overall winner of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2021. The endurance racing car made in 1956 and owned by American Brian Ross was awarded the honour of “Best of Show” by the Jury of experts. For the seventh time in succession, the most important award at the world’s most traditional and most exclusive heritage beauty contest for Historic Cars was conferred on a car from Italian production. The three-day festival of classic cars on the shores of Lake Como drew to a close with the gala prize award ceremony. Once again, the festival was a celebration of elegance and timeless beauty on four wheels.

The 250 GT TDF reigned supreme in a carefully curated field of participating rare treasures gathered from eight decades of automobile history. In the afternoon, the sports car had already been selected as class winner in Class E, featured under the motto “Big Band ’40s to awesome ’80s – Five Decades of Endurance Racing”. The victorious car bears the moniker “TDF” as a mark of respect for the Tour de France. This was a stage race for automobiles held on French roads, and a Ferrari 250 GT was victorious in 1956.

The vehicle presented at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2021 was the second Tour de France built in the series that Ferrari went on to produce. On the very day it was registered, the car competed in a different endurance race, the Mille Miglia in Italy. Over the following years, the lightweight coupé powered by a 3.0 litre twelve-cylinder engine achieved a number of victories in hillclimbs. Today, its perfectly restored condition means that we can only imagine the challenges this automobile survived in the course of its campaigns.

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The Jury had already provided an eagerly awaited highlight for participants and guests alike when it announced the Class Winners and Mentions of Honour in the course of the afternoon. A total of almost 50 outstanding classic cars from different eras of automobile history were nominated for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2021. The bandwidth of entrants ranged from rarities built in the 1920s, influenced for the first time by aesthetic aspects of automobile design alongside functional attributes, through to spectacularly designed hypercars from the 1990s. Each car is marked out in a unique way by its immaculate condition, historic significance and individual history, conveying the fascination and timeless beauty that have defined the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este since its very beginnings.

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Legend Ken Block joins Audi team

Ken Block has made a name for himself as a rally and rallycross driver since 2005. However, the 53-year-old is most famous worldwide for his elaborately produced videos in which he drives high-performance vehicles to the limit at iconic locations. 

The partnership with Audi closes a circle for Ken Block: “Audi is the brand that ignited my passion for motorsport. I am extremely excited to start this new chapter. Together, we will develop innovative projects and push the boundaries of electric mobility.”

Block was a teenager when the Audi quattro revolutionized the World Rally Championship and the Audi Sport quattro S1 stormed Pikes Peak in the USA in record time. These vehicles made Block dream of becoming a rally driver himself.

Now, during his first visit to Audi, another dream came true: the American was allowed to drive several historic race and rally cars from his favorite brand himself. These included the Audi Sport quattro S1, the Audi V8 quattro from the DTM and the futuristic Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo.

Of course, Block didn’t miss the opportunity to test the most powerful electric vehicle currently in the AUDI AG model range. “The Audi RS e-tron GT1 really surprised me,” says Block. “The design is exquisite with great attention to detail and a perfect finish. The driving experience is amazing: the car is incredibly fast and handles very well. The centre of gravity is very low so you can change direction quickly.”

Block is considered as a “petrol head” because of his history. But the American is also re-evaluating and has recently been testing and racing various electric cars. He recorded the third fastest time in the final stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally with an electric prototype and won the inaugural race of the “Projekt E” rallycross series at Höljes (Sweden) in the same year.

“Electric mobility is the future,” said Block. “I see the electric car as a leap forward for us as a society in order to create something that can not only reduce emissions and hopefully make the planet a better place. But not only that: it’s also about performance. I love anything that makes me go faster. Electric cars can do that. And as far as sound goes, I have kids who don’t care about that. They think that the sound of electric cars is just as cool as the sound of internal combustion engines.”

Block and Audi will be working together exclusively in the field of electric mobility with immediate effect. “Audi stands for ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’,” said Oliver Hoffmann, board member for Technical Development at Audi. “Every day we are trying to push boundaries to create the future of mobility. Our goal is to fascinate our customers with progressive design, innovative technology and a broad digital ecosystem. I am delighted that we were able to attract Block and his team to Audi.”

“Block shares our love of performance,” says Head of Audi Brand Henrik Wenders. “He has the ability to inspire people. With his progressive thinking, he will accompany us on our way into an electrifying future. Welcome to the team!”

“At Audi, motorsport is paving the way for future technologies,” said Julius Seebach, managing director of Audi Sport GmbH and responsible for motorsport at Audi. “Electrification is a game changer, just like quattro drive once was. With Block, we’ve got exciting things in store that go perfectly with our strategy.”

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