Month: October, 2013
Jaguar Land Rover achieved a remarkable triple success at the 2013 Scottish Car of the Year Awards, with honors going to the new Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Jaguar F-TYPE sports car.
The Jaguar F-TYPE beat stiff competition to win the Sporting category award, impressing the judges – some of Scotland’s most important motoring journalists – with its elegant design, formidable performance and impressive customer appeal.
Alisdair Suttie, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said, “We have waited a very long time for the Jaguar F-TYPE, more than four decades in fact, but this year’s Sporting winner does it with panache. It also does it with elegance, superb performance and complete desirability.”
Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, accepted the award at a ceremony in Glasgow and commented, “This award is a wonderful recognition of the efforts invested in creating the new F-TYPE. It is a sports car that reaffirms the brand’s sporting heritage in both its performance and design.”
Range Rover received the Best Luxury Car Award, an acknowledgement of how Land Rover has continued to develop the quality, comfort and refinement of the fourth generation vehicle.
Alisdair Suttie said, “Luxury comes in many forms, but the Range Rover brings together such a broad range of talents, it stands head and shoulders above the competition. It also brings innovative design, supreme comfort and world-beating style.”
The all-new Range Rover Sport was also named Scottish SUV of the Year. Sharing the same lightweight construction principles with its larger sibling, and built on the same highly efficient production line at Land Rover‘s Solihull plant, the new Range Rover Sport has made significant advances in handling, performance and customer appeal.
“A good SUV has to be many things: good looking, roomy, comfortable and ideally great both on road and off,” said Alisdair Suttie. “Thanks to an all-aluminium lightweight body that has helped it lose 400kg, the latest Range Rover Sport is all those things, as well as being much faster and surprisingly economical. Factor in the availability of a seven-seat option and we think this is the best SUV available on the roads of Scotland today.”
The all-new 2014 Cadillac ELR’s interior is so quiet when running on battery power that the electrified luxury coupe’s development team took care to keep it that way when the on-board gas-powered electric generator turns on for extended-range driving.
ELR uses active noise cancelling to uniquely preserve the peace and quiet. While most cars that use this type of sound-neutralizing technology aim simply to mute exhaust boom at low engine speeds, such as when idling, ELR uses it across all engine speeds.
“Acoustic refinement is an important attribute of every Cadillac interior, and ELR is no exception,” said Chris Thomason, ELR vehicle chief engineer. “Considering how quiet the car is during pure-electric driving we knew the generator sound had to be as pleasant as possible, and we were able to achieve it with active noise cancelling.”
The active noise cancelling system in the ELR electronically gathers input from the vehicle’s generator and powertrain, as well as from three ceiling-mounted microphones. The system calculates and produces the appropriate noise-cancelling signal, which is delivered through the Bose® audio system’s speakers and subwoofer.
ELR’s engine functions primarily as a range-extending, gas-powered generator for its advanced electric drive propulsion system. Active noise cancelling keeps the ELR’s interior quiet during extended-range operation, including long-distance drives and steep ascents.
Active noise cancellation also helped eliminate the need for additional sound-deadening materials, reducing mass, which saves energy and helps deliver spirited performance. ELR uses a variety of sound-buffering and -absorbing materials to minimize wind, road and engine noise, including:
- Acoustically laminated windshield and thicker front-door glass
- Liquid-applied sound deadener applied to the floor pan, trunk and roof
- Triple-sealed doors with acoustic perimeter water deflectors
- Mass-efficient sound-absorbing dash mat and carpet system
- Acoustic foam baffles inside body cavities and in between inner and outer quarter panels
- An isolated front suspension cradle with hydraulic powertrain mounts to isolate road and engine vibration
ELR is available nationwide in the U.S. beginning in January 2014.
Episode two, “Composites,” reveals the process the team uses to construct actual pieces of the car. Coming soon: Learn about manufacturing, and finally discover how the build of the car itself takes place in the assembly bays of our Milton Keynes HQ.
Watch episode 1, “Design and R&D” here.
Three Range Rover Diesel Hybrid prototypes have completed the ultimate engineering sign-off test by traversing 13 countries over 53 days from Solihull, UK, to Mumbai, India. It is the world’s first ever hybrid expedition along the Silk Trail and one of the boldest driving adventures ever pursued by Land Rover.
Hostile conditions on the route included asphalt roads riddled with vast and deep potholes, dusty desert trails in 43°C heat and numerous miles of mud and gravel tracks and cattle trails. In addition, river crossings, passes clinging to the edges of mountains partly blocked by rock falls, the thin air of extremely high altitudes and the dense and erratic traffic of Chinese and Indian roads all added to the test of man and machine.
The Silk Trail 2013 expedition was the final validation test for the Range Rover Hybrid before it is signed-off for production. From the home of the Legend in Solihull, UK, it blazed a trail through France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China (including Tibet), Nepal and India. For much of this distance the expedition followed the legendary Silk Road trading routes that first connected Asia with Europe more than 2,500 years ago. Overnight halts were made in hotels, hostels and tents at many of the same staging posts visited all those years ago by Silk Road merchants, missionaries and mercenaries.
Land Rover development engineers closely monitored data loggers fitted to each car, sending back more than 300 gigabytes of detailed technical records to their engineering team at Gaydon in the UK. The purpose of the expedition was not to test the reliability of mechanical components, which are already proven, but to fine-tune the calibration of engine and transmission software to ensure perfectly seamless performance in all terrains and extreme temperatures and altitudes. Technical setbacks reflected the roughness of the road surfaces: 15 punctures among the expedition’s three Range Rover Hybrids and four support vehicles, four wheels damaged by deep potholes, and four windscreens cracked by stones thrown-up on loose surfaces.
Peter Richings, Jaguar Land Rover Hybrids and Electrification Director who took part in the final leg from Jaipur to Mumbai commented: “The world’s first diesel hybrid expedition along the Silk Trail pioneered an ambitious route across Europe and Asia that would have been impassable to most other types of vehicle – but no matter how hostile the conditions, the Range Rover Hybrid prototypes took it all in their stride.
“In developing the hybrid-powered Range Rover, our objective was to gain hybrid’s fuel economy and carbon emissions advantages without compromising the Range Rover‘s go-anywhere capabilities, its cabin space or its refinement. The success of this remarkable expedition clearly demonstrates we have achieved that.”
Say what you will about Jay Leno as a late night television host, but nobody has ever denied his affinity and affection for great cars. This week Jay takes a look at the Jaguar F-Type on his web series “Jay Leno’s Garage.”
Coming in at just over 23 minutes long, this is not quick web consumption, but it’s worth it merely for the car porn that is the F-Type and Project 7 concept car that Leno takes a look at. You may remember the Project 7 as the chopped, single seat F-Type concept car Jag debuted at Pebble Beach. And if somehow you forgot about the car, the sound of its menacing growl in the below video will surely keep the car in your mind for days to come.
Jay seems to have his fair share of fun behind the wheel of the production F-Type as well. With 495 horsepower to play with it’d be hard not to have a good time, though. Between being amazed by its eight-speed automatic transmission, and ability to raise and lower its top at speeds of up to 30 mph, Leno gives the impression that he’s impressed with the car as both a sporting machine and technological tour de force; however, you’ll have to watch the video to get a sense of his true thoughts on how far the brand has come since his days as a young car enthusiast.
After showing off the 2015 Escalade’s interior last week, Cadillac is taking the raps off of the entire car and as expected it doesn’t disappoint. Employing Cadillac’s latest styling themes, the 2015 Escalade carries the torch of its predecessor with styling that is both elegant and striking.
Unlike the current Escalade, only two versions of the luxury SUV will be offered: the Escalade and 20-inch longer Escalade ESV. Luxury pickup truck fans will have to grab an Escalade EXT before it goes out of production.
Besides differences in exterior size and interior cargo capacity, both the Escalade and Escalade ESV are largely the same vehicles. Both come standard with a burly 420 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, heated and cooled front seats, and Magnetic Ride Control, which allows the SUV to prioritize handling or comfort according to driving conditions.a
Of course the Escalade’s go wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of show, and features like LED headlamps and taillamps that merge into the D-pillar, as well as standard 20-inch and available 22-inch wheels, give the Escalade a distinct look compared to other large luxury SUVs.
Real wood trim, premium materials, ambient lighting, triple sealed doors, and Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system ensure that the Escalade is a comfortable and quiet place for drivers and passengers alike.
Take a peek of the new Escalade in action below and stop by Red Noland Cadillac to learn more about the forthcoming 2015 Cadillac Escalade and the rest of the Cadillac lineup.
Image credit: GM
After wining the 2013 North American Car of the Year with its ATS sports sedan, Cadillac continues to roll out new products prepared to take on the best of the Europeans. We already showed you how Consumer Reports gushed over the new CTS and now we’re giving you a sneak peak of the soon to be unveiled next-generation Cadillac Escalade’s interior.
While CUE is clearly an attempt by Cadillac to set “The Standard of the World,” we have to say we’re a little surprised to see a standard column mounted gear lever in the above photo. While there’s nothing wrong with the mechanical nature of a traditional column shifter, much of the Escalade’s competition uses more compact “by-wire” shift levers.
Nonetheless, between the car’s overall size, and the apparent storage capacity of the Escalade’s center console, it doesn’t seem that drivers or passengers will be wanting for space of any kind in the all-new Escalade.
Keep an eye on Red Noland Auto Group’s official blog to learn more about the next generation Cadillac Escalade when it officially debuts next week.
Image credit: GM