Month: January, 2014
Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum has been named ‘Industry Innovator of the Year’ at the 2014 Motorcity Automotive Industry Night (MAIN) Event Awards. Jaguar was recognized by the MAIN Event Executive Committee as the ultimate definition of automotive luxury and praised for its distinct design language, use of advanced technology and outstanding vehicle dynamics.
Staged in Detroit on the eve of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the annual celebration of automotive excellence allocates four awards across design and industry. Each year two industry executives whose achievements have made a substantial global impact, leading their institutions to set new standards of industry innovation, are recognized at the awards. Celebrating not only established excellence, the next generation of automotive talent is selected by the MAIN Executive Committee from current design students at Lawrence Technological University.
Presenting the trophy to Ian, Keith Nagara, Executive Committee Chairman said: “Jaguars are beautiful vehicles that all generations aspire to own. They epitomize the ultimate in automotive luxury, desirability and craftsmanship. Ian Callum has led the design revolution at Jaguar that has helped transform the brand, most recently demonstrated by the launch of the stunning F-TYPE Coupé. This is a brand that is going from strength to strength.”
Ian Callum said: “It is an honor to receive this award. It is with the benefit of having such a great team around me that we have been able to deliver the cars and designs that define Jaguar today.”
Ian Callum has been at the forefront of the transformation of Jaguar’s design aesthetic since joining the brand in 1999. Born in Dumfries, Scotland, he studied Industrial Design at the Glasgow School of Art. Upon graduating, Callum opted to specialize in vehicle design, enrolling at the Royal College of Art (RCA) on the Automobile Design course, and has since received five honorary doctorates from universities around the world. Callum is responsible for Jaguar design language created over the past decade, which includes the current Jaguar XK, XF, XJ and the recently launched F-TYPE sports car.
The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe made its world debut on Tuesday, January 14, 2013 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Cadillac‘s first-ever compact luxury Coupe goes on sale this summer, offering rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder or a 3.6L six-cylinder. The 2.0L Turbo engine is upgraded from the current ATS sport sedan to deliver nearly 14 percent more torque (295 lb-ft ) giving the ATS Coupe an advantage in power and weight over similarly equipped Coupes in the segment.
Read transcripts of the official executive remarks from General Motors Senior Vice President of Global Cadillac, Bob Ferguson here and check out the video of the unveiling:
At the Montreal International Auto Show, Infiniti was presented with both “Best New Technology” awards by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). The Direct Adaptive Steering and Predictive Forward Collision Warning technologies represent the brand’s commitment to Inspired Performance and are both found, as worlds-first technologies, on Infiniti’s new Q50 sports sedan, winner of AJAC’s 2014 Best New Luxury Car (over $50k).
“It is a thrill and an honor to have so many of Canada’s top journalists recognize these worlds-first technologies and their impact to not only the industry, but also the benefits to the individual driver,” said Wendy Durward, Director of Infiniti Canada. “The Infiniti Q50 sports sedan represents our commitment to finding new levels of inspired performance. Having AJAC recognize it as the best new luxury car over $50,000 as well as name two of its technologies as the best of the year is great feedback that we’ve done just that.”
The Best New Innovation award recognizes an innovative technology whose primary purpose is not specifically safety related. Infiniti won this category for its Direct Adaptive Steering technology – an aircraft-inspired industry first that allows the driver to choose exactly how the wheel feels in their hands.
Direct Adaptive Steering works by electronically transferring the driver’s input to the front wheels where a high-response actuator drives the steering rack. This ‘steer-by-wire’ system eliminates the harsh vibrations that exhaust a driver’s arms and mechanical losses that can dull the responses in conventional systems while providing a faster and more precise steering response.
The Best New Safety Technology award recognizes a technology whose primary purpose is to enhance road safety in any form. Another world-first, Infiniti’s Predictive Forward Collision Warning technology won this class for its ability to warn the driver of risks that lie beyond the driver’s field of view. The system does this by not only sensing the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead, but also of a vehicle travelling in front of that one (two cars ahead).
Leveraging sensors and technology, the Infiniti Q50 can now see if the vehicle two cars in front is decelerating rapidly by analyzing a radar signal sent under the car immediately in front of the Q50 – a particularly useful feature when following a large vehicle that obstructs the driver’s forward vision. The system will warn the driver to begin braking with a visual alert, an audible warning, and haptic feedback by tightening the seatbelt.
More information on AJAC and the best New Technology Awards can be found at AJAC.ca.
A few months ago, Jaguar unveiled the acclaimed C-X17 sports crossover concept vehicle in a new five-seater version at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China. The new concept highlights the versatility of the C-X17 while showing off new features such as a bespoke ultra-luxury interior that incorporates a range of new high-quality design elements in combination with advanced infotainment technology and innovative safety features such as Rear Exit Detection.
Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013, the C-X17 design study showcased Jaguar‘s all-new advanced aluminum monocoque architecture, on which an exciting range of future Jaguars will be built.
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We had previously brought you news of Infiniti’s plans to unveil a Formula One inspired concept vehicle at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Well, Infiniti has released a first image of the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept.
Obvious right away are how major bodywork components have been redesigned with aerodynamics in mind and manufactured carbon fiber. While the roof and door profiles remain unchanged, the Q50 Eau Rouge is lower and wider than the production Q50. Design highlights include deep and detailed carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, and side sill skirts; carbon fiber roof and door mirror casings; 21-inch lightweight forged alloy wheels; and a dual-exhaust sports system below a large integrated rear spoiler.
The Infiniti design team, led by Executive Design Director Alfonso Albaisa, was influenced by the aerodynamic styling approach taken by their colleagues at Infiniti Red Bull Racing. “From our shared passion for performance with Infiniti Red Bull Racing grew a collective desire to produce a vision of what a high-performance Infiniti Q50 could look like,” said Albaisa.
“The design has a number of distinctive Formula One inspired touches. In particular, the sculpted front wing assembly and the rear aerodynamic packaging take their cues from the RB9 race car,” added Albaisa.
More information about the Q50 Eau Rouge will be revealed during a press conference at the North American International Auto Show at 9:20 a.m. ET on January 14.
Race2Recovery, the group of severely injured soldiers who made history as the first disabled rally team to enter, and complete, the Dakar rally in 2013 has arrived in South America for the 2014 running of the toughest race in the world. The team, supported by Land Rover, has entered two race vehicles into the 2014 Dakar which will once again put its competitors through the ultimate physical and mental test. This year’s Race2Recovery team is made up of 16 injured soldiers and civilian volunteers, including drivers, co-drivers, support vehicle drivers and a crew of technical and mechanical experts.
The injured servicemen will be driving Land Rover Defender-based Wildcat rally-raid vehicles, both of which were entered in last year’s race, as well as a T4 race truck and a T5 support truck, which will follow the route providing support for both race vehicles. Land Rover is assisting the team with parts, logistics, vehicle and financial support throughout their 2014 campaign. In addition, two Land Rover Discovery vehicles provided by Land Rover will support Race2Recovery along the assistance route and will provide vital support to the team throughout the 14 day epic.
The 2014 Dakar will see the team race across some of the world’s most unforgiving terrain. This year’s competition will traverse three countries; Argentina, Bolivia (motorcycles only) and Chile. They will travel over 9,000km, including crossing the Atacama desert and the Andes mountain range, in temperatures that could reach between 40 to 50 degrees celcius.
Speaking at the start-line in Rosario ahead of the challenge, team founder and driver, retired Captain Tony Harris said: “We’re delighted to be back in South America for our second Dakar challenge. The memory of finishing last year’s race is something we’ll always treasure but we always wanted the Race2Recovery team to become a sustainable rally team so it’s fantastic to be entering our second Dakar. We learnt a lot from last year’s competition so we feel extremely well prepared for the challenges that this race will inevitably throw at us.
“The 2014 Dakar signals the start of a massive year for us. Our sponsor Land Rover has confirmed that the brand will support our entry into the new ‘Defender Challenge by Bowler’ race series that launches in the UK in March this year. That provides us with a fantastic platform to train up new recruits and develop our skills ahead of future Dakar challenges. It also enables us to race in front of UK crowds, something we love doing as the support we’ve received from motoring fans and the public in general has been incredible.”
Mark Cameron, Global Brand Experience Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We’re very proud of our association with Race2Recovery, having been the team’s lead sponsor since its inception. The team has broken down barriers relating to disability and motorsport and truly lives up to its motto ‘beyond injury, achieving the extraordinary’. The Dakar is the ultimate race and one that has a long association with Land Rover vehicles. We’re pleased that the team can benefit from our support and we wish them the very best of luck. We’ll be following their progress all the way.”