Month: December, 2013
Named after the world-famous corner at the Formula One track in Spa-Francorchamps, the Q50 Eau Rouge, the car was design to demonstrate Infiniti’s vision of a high-performance variant of the Q50. For Infiniti, the Q50 Eau Rouge concept blends road car technology and a thoroughbred motorsport vision.
The Q50 Eau Rouge features aerodynamic styling treatments and design elements which are influenced by Infiniti’s partnership with Formula One world championship-winning team Infiniti Red Bull Racing.
“Performance is a key pillar of Infiniti’s DNA, and this car expresses a deepened design interpretation of that. The Q50, with an abundance of technologies, provides a great basis for an extreme performance version, embodied in the design of Q50 Eau Rouge,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s Executive Design Director.
Land Rover is the most successful nameplate in this year’s 4×4 Magazine awards, securing two class wins and the ultimate 4×4 of the year title.
It was the new Range Rover Sport that took on competition from 24 of the market’s finest all-wheel drive models to take both the Premium class and the overall 2014 honor. Meanwhile, the Ranger Rover Evoque proved itself by claiming honors in the Top Range SUV class. The Land Rover Defender was “highly recommended” in the Hardcore class and the new Range Rover was second only to its Range Rover Sport sibling in the Premium category.
Presenting the results in the winter issue of 4×4 Magazine, Editor Nigel Fryatt said: “The Range Rover Sport is a worthy winner of the prestigious 2014 4×4 of the Year award. Indeed it is such a significant vehicle that you wonder if it is the best product ever to come from the Land Rover stable, of any era.”
After putting the Range Rover Sport through its paces, the judges gave it an unmatched 90 per cent score, highlighting the 3.0-litre SDV6 engine, on-road handling, off-road prowess, towing ability, comfort and design as its stand-out features.
Their report hailed the model as the “revelation of the premium group, if not the whole test” and made special reference to the quality of the Terrain Response 2 system for tackling all kinds of off-road scenarios. Where on-road performance is concerned, they declared the Range Rover Sport is “a pure pleasure to drive” and referenced the contribution made by its independent air suspension on ride quality.
The Range Rover Evoque once again proves that Land Rover’s advanced styling and premium quality are not at the expense of true all-terrain performance. The Evoque topped the Top Range SUV class, netting an 88 percent score from judges who claim that they appreciated its “boldly styled and superbly crafted interior.” They also liked the fact that it has “the handling feel of a sport car half its size.” Design, on-road handling and off-road competence were singled out as the qualities defining its success.
Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, Jeremy Hicks, said: “These awards are very much appreciated, not least because 4×4 Magazine subjects its awards contenders to such rigorous, expert scrutiny.
“The results help demonstrate that we are successfully pushing the boundaries of all-terrain vehicle engineering and design to address the changing requirements of today’s customers. We have a great heritage, but it is vital that we continue to build on that foundation with models like Evoque, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport that deliver in terms of style, premium quality and on-road handling as well as fundamental all-terrain capabilities.”
The Cadillac CTS has once again been named one of Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars. This is the sixth consecutive year that a CTS model has been on the list. The CTS/CTS-V was named a 10 Best Car in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. These 10 cars offer the highest quality overall driving experience for the best value in their respected segments.
The Cadillac CTS is a reoccurring name on the 10 Best list, but for the first time in a while, a non-V model has earned a spot. According to C&D, the 2014 CTS “is now unequivocally the best-handling car in the mid-size luxury segment.” Which sounds like it would be enough to earn it a spot on the list even if the rest of the car wasn’t improved massively over the previous generation, which it is.
Other cars on the list were the Audi A6/A7, BMW 3-4 Series, Ford Fiesta ST, Honda Accord, Mazda3, Mazda6, Porsche Boxster/Cayman and the Golf GTI.