Alfa Romeo Giulia wins at “Sport Auto Award 2018”

Every year the German magazine Sport Auto, asks its performance-oriented readers about their favourite models and they chose once again to reward Italian design, performance and style.

Alfa Romeo Giulia wins at "Sport Auto Award 2018"
Alfa Romeo Giulia wins at “Sport Auto Award 2018”

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, powered by a 2.9 V6 bi-turbo petrol engine delivering 375 kW (510 bhp), won the import class of the category ‘Standard Sedans/Station Wagons up to 100,000 euro’. Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce, having a 206 kW (280 bhp) turbo petrol engine 2.0 under its bonnet, was rated number one import car of the category ‘Standard Sedans/Station Wagons up to 50,000 euro’ by the readers of ‘sport auto’ magazine.

WHERE THE FUTURE OF DESIGN IS, ALFA ROMEO IS PRESENT

* * * Which are the new trends of style and design? Which future innovations will impact on our consumption and our lifestyles? Which the new business models of the industries? All this and more will be debated at the Next Design Perspectives, a conference that takes place at the Triennale of Milan, on 29 and 30 October, with the participation of designers, creatives and researchers of international reputation. Given its central theme, style and design, such an important forum could only be sponsored by Alfa Romeo. Not only all invitees will attend conferences aboard cars that represent the excellence of Italian style and design, but they’ll also see two perfect examples of that “function generated” design expressed by the aerodynamic lines of Alfa Romeo Giulia and Alfa Romeo Stelvio on display at the main entrance of the Triennale palace.
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Cars without drivers scoot around Nissan plant, towing cars

December 5, 2016 by Yuri Kageyama
Nissan Motor Co.’s Leaf, with no one inside, scoots during a demonstration of their Intelligent Vehicle Towing system at Nissan Oppama plant in Yokohama, near Tokyo Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Nissan Motor Co. is testing out self-driving cars at …more
Nissan Motor Co. is testing self-driving cars at one of its plants in Japan that can tow vehicles on a trailer to the wharf for loading on transport ships.
The Japanese automaker thinks the technology will, in the long run, save costs and boost efficiency. The tests also can add to knowledge needed to take such autonomous driving onto public roads.
Nissan executive Haruhiko Yoshimura said the automaker hoped to use the technology throughout the Oppama plant by 2019, and in overseas plants in the future.
During a demonstration Monday, a Leaf car with no one inside scooted along the road, pulling a trailer with three other Leafs on it, stopped properly for other vehicles, and then veered into a parking lot.
But one vehicle ran into trouble, refused to move and was not able to take part in the demonstration.
Kazuhiro Doi, a Nissan vice president, acknowledged such glitches showed a challenge unique to the technology.
“If there are drivers, they can take action,” he said. “Mechanical operations are all there is in a driverless car.”
Nissan, which makes the March subcompact, Infiniti luxury models and the Leaf electric car, now has just two of the self-driving Leaf cars.

Nissan Motor Co.’s “Leaf” runs with no one inside during a demonstration of the automaker’s Intelligent Vehicle Towing system at Nissan Oppama plant in Yokohama, near Tokyo Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Nissan Motor Co. is testing out self-driving …more

* * * For all the vehicles produced at the Oppama plant to be towed in a driverless way, five more such vehicles are needed, according to Nissan.
People still had to get inside each of the towed vehicles to drive them to the proper wharf, but Nissan hopes that as self-driving technology advances cars will drive themselves into the ships, up the plank on their own.
Driverless cars are still not allowed on regular public roads in Japan, although major automakers are all working on such technology. Driverless driving is legal within private facilities like Nissan’s.
In commercial products available in Japan, the vehicles, with some variation of autonomous driving, can stop on their own before a crash or stay inside the lane on their own for highway driving, although all must have drivers.

Nissan Motor Co.’S “Leaf”, with no one inside, pulls a trailer with three other Leafs on it, during a demonstration of the automaker’s Intelligent Vehicle Towing system at Nissan Oppama plant in Yokohama, near Tokyo Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. …more

* * * Nissan, allied with Renault SA of France, has been carrying out tests with driverless towing since last year.

A Nissan Motor Co.’s “Leaf” with no one inside, is surrounded by the media, during a demonstration of the automaker’s Intelligent Vehicle Towing at Nissan Oppama plant in Yokohama, near Tokyo Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Nissan Motor Co. is testing out self-driving cars at one of its plants in Japan to tow vehicles on a trailer to the wharf for loading without anyone behind the steering wheel. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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TOYOTA BOOSTS SAFETY AND ASSISTANCE TECHNOLOGY FOR LANDCRUISER 200 SERIES

Toyota has expanded the driver assistance and safety features of two of its popular LandCruiser 200 Series grades.
Toyota has upgraded its GXL LandCruiser 200 with more safety and convenience features (snorkel optional).

* * * The luxury VX grade gains blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, a four-camera multi-terrain monitor and auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors – all of which were previously exclusive to the top-of-range Sahara.
Volume-selling GXL has been enhanced with features from VX and Sahara: front and rear parking sensors and a new instrument cluster that incorporates a 4.2-inch multi-information display.
The additional features will enhance LandCruiser’s reputation as a favourite for people seeking a large, comfortable and extremely capable vehicle to head well off the beaten track or negotiate the urban jungle.
Toyota Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley said Toyota was continually improving all its vehicles to better meet the expectations of customers.
“The Toyota LandCruiser has been an Australian favourite since it first arrived here, regularly praised for its comfortable and extremely competent ability to get to the most remote corners of the country… and back,” Mr Hanley said.
“Part of that ability comes from its advanced technology to assist drivers whatever the terrain they come across and the upgrades we are introducing for the mid-range GXL and VX models, further aids that assistance,” he said.
New VX features in detail
Blind-spot monitor# warns when vehicles are present in the blind spots to the sides of the LandCruiser while the rear cross-traffic alert# warns when a vehicle is approaching from either side when reversing.
For even greater awareness of the off-road environment, the four-camera multi-terrain monitor# displays the exact position of the vehicle within its immediate surroundings on the large 9-inch satellite-navigation screen.
The monitor can be activated when the four-wheel-drive multi-terrain select system is operating and uses a wide-angle front camera, rear camera and side cameras mounted in the exterior mirrors.
The system delivers front, rear, side and panoramic “bird’s-eye” views. In low range, it also offers an under-vehicle view that displays the terrain while indicating the location of the front tyres. The displays also provide various guide lines, tyre positions and predicted line of travel.
Luxury fittings in VX already include dusk-sensing auto-levelling bi-LED headlamps, LED front fog lamps and daytime running lamps, leather-accented seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, moon roof, black side steps and woodgrain-look interior highlights.
New GXL features in detail
Increased driver assistance for LandCruiser GXL includes the addition of front and rear parking sensors that offer progressive audible and visual alerts to detect obstacles in tight urban or off-road environments.
Visual alerts are displayed on the new colour multi-information display (MID) that sits between the tachometer and speedometer displays and forms part of the upgraded instrument cluster.
The 4.2-inch MID incorporates an odometer, trip meter, fuel consumption, eco driving indicator, cruising range, shift position and various warnings.
The steering wheel has been upgraded with leather accents and switches for audio, MID and phone controls.
GXL is already comprehensively equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning, a rear cooler, rear spoiler, aluminium side steps, two 12-volt connectors, a 220-volt rear connector, smart entry and start, reversing camera, satellite navigation, roof rails and a leather-accented gear-shift knob.
Changed pricing for the LandCruiser 200 Series starts at $78,190* for the GX turbo-diesel five-seater. Upgraded GXL is priced from $84,480 with the 227kW/439Nm 4.6-litre petrol V8 and $89,580 with the 200kW/650Nm 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8.
Luxury VX and top-of-the-range Sahara models also offer the two engines, priced from $94,890 and $115,230 respectively for petrol power and $99,990 and $120,330 for the turbo-diesel V8.
Both engines drive through a smooth six-speed automatic transmission with a full transfer case offering high and low-range four-wheel-drive ratios.
With its go-anywhere capability, spacious and well-equipped interiors with up to eight-seat capacity and a braked towing capacity of up to 3500kg**, LandCruiser 200 Series remains a popular choice with 9,452 sales for the eight months to the end of August this year, an increase of 8.2 per cent over the same period last year.
Every member of the LandCruiser 200 Series family is covered by Toyota Service Advantage at $220 for each of the first six scheduled services##.
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