THREE AUTOMOTIVE WONDERS FOR 2017

Since the premiere of the sci-fi blockbuster “transformers”, the expectations of automotive fans have greatly increased. The mind of every gear lover has been opened to unimaginable innovation and we have waited patiently for the first wonders to arrive. Even though technology has greatly changed, the automobile industry we were yet to be completely overwhelmed with till 2017. Built from nothing but sheer genius and unrelenting endeavor, I present to you three of our top automotive wonders for 2017.

MYTH OF THE FLYING CAR

It has been depicted on various Hollywood movies with high-tech concepts and even fictional movies such as “Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets”’, and the idea of a flying vehicle seemed more like alien technology “flying saucer” until the Aeromobile company decided to take the bull by horn, manufacturing the first flying car. The CEO of the company Juraj Vaculik confirmed that the flying would hit the market this year. The anticipation builds as collectors await the set date, April 20th where the vehicle will make its debut at the top marques Monaco super show.

The flying vehicle is a hybrid with 4 wheels. It mechanism is simple, drive down a straight path, deploy wings and take off. The prototype needs about two hundred meters to take off and fifty meters for landings. The commercial model is expected to feature two-seater with over 400 miles, an autopilot speed of over 120 miles per hour.

CADILLAC’S SELF- DRIVING VEHICLE

Another fiction is born as Cadillac launches a self-driven automobile with code name “super cruise”, set to debut this fall. The system features hands-free technology that allows navigation without manual contact. This means that the driver can sit back and have a bottle of champagne while on the road without worries of collision. The Cadillac system features.

  • CT6 driver assistances technology
  • Adaptive cruise control with a lane monitoring system which operates using a blind spot.
  • Tesla’s auto pilot system, which is sort of a safety mechanism, like an eagle eye that detects other motorists ahead with audible safety alert.
  • Camera and GPS sensors which are able to anticipate uneven terrain such as hills and curves while on the road. The possible price for this vehicle is yet unknown.

DODGE’S SUPER SPEED DEMON

Sequel to the 707 horse power dodge challenger known as the hellcat comes an even faster model, the SRT demon. This is currently the fastest car in the world if I might add, no questions asked. It comes with a V8 and burns 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds and attains the quarter mile at a ridiculous 9.95 seconds t 140mph. The national hot rod association (NHRA) had to lay a Ban which prevents owners (amateurs new to racing) of the demon from racing because the vehicle has been tagged “too fast to race” at local drag racing leagues.

The demon comes with a five year warranty and is expected to debut this fall. The pricing is yet unknown but it is definitely worth owning.

AUTOMOBILES WITH THE BEST SAFETY FEATURES

CHEVROLET CAMARO 2016: Automated SOS Notification

This brand comes with an automatic crash response button which will connect to an emergency service provider in case of crisis or disaster situations. This priority connection is on permanent and can be very vital for rescue purposes. The Chevrolet Camaro also features on-stairs mobile Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity which presently has the automobile industry abuzz.

BMW 7 SERIES 2016: NIGHT VISION SYSTEM

This brand is equipped with infra-red enabled thermal imaging technology which is visible on a display screen. This Technology detects thermal Energy at Night which enables humans and larger animals stand out in the darkest of night. This vehicle all featured a few innovations with regards to illumination such as adaptive head lights. Audio warnings are also included to inform you of impending dangers.

VOLVO-S-60 2016: INCAPACITATION DETECTION SYSTEM

The driver’s alert device is a technology designed to call the attention of a driver who may have become drowsy while driving and briefly loses control of bearing. This Technology uses camera based mechanism to compare the consistency of the steering wheel to the line markers on the road ahead. If the driver’s steering input is inconsistent with the former display it reads an unstable pattern which means “tired or drowsy driver” This sets off an Audible tone that is sure to wake anyone with “break time” display message on the display screen. This is a sure way to avert road hits due to a brief shut- eye.

SUBARU IMPREZA 2016: Automated brake and Impact Alert.

This brand has had success in recent times with sales and the demand for vehicle of this brand is at an all-time high. The new automated brake technology simply sets off another chain of demand in the market. This vehicle features a crash-prevention technology that utilizes camera system as driver assistance to detect imminent crashing and applies Automatic brakes to mitigate collision. It also features Audible warning in situation of lane departure.

Safety is key and the Automobile industries are leaving no stone unturned in providing excellent safety features that would greatly reduce road accident casualties. The advancement in safety technology is outstanding. Just imagine what can be achieved a few years from now.

Top Vintage Cars of All Time

Vintage cars are all marvelously grand in one way or another. Be it the design of the car’s body, or the way these cars were constructed despite the mechanical challenges, the vintage cars are way more distinct than today’s cars.

Now all the vintage cars are not that attractive. It varies from car to car. Some vintage cars surpasses others with its beauty. What makes some vintage cars stand out from the rest is the fact that they are the most exclusive, the most exotic, the most powerful, and the best of the lot.

Every automotive enthusiasts have their own idea of what makes a car so grand. So it is really a very daunting task to rank these vintage cars. But among those, here is the mention of five vintage cars of all time in no particular order.

Lamborghini Miura

Released in 1966, Lamborghini Miura is considered to be the sexiest car ever built. Lamborghini Miura was the world’s fastest production car at that time. This become an instant hit and the most sought out option other than the Ferrari among the automotive enthusiasts.

With 3929cc V12 engine and just like the name ‘Miura’, Lamborghini Miura is literally like a fighting bull that gives the driving experience a new dimension. This sleek designed car is a vintage that most people would recognize instantly.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Considered to be the most celebrated Ferrari of all time, only 39 of Ferrari 250 GTO was made between 1962 and 1964. These elegant race cars are extremely rare. Only a handful of people possess this magnificent creation.

The elegant car body was designed by Giotto Bizzarrini and Mauro Forghieri. The Ferrari 250 GTO comes with the legendary Colombo V12 engine that gives a top speed of 158 mph. It is also the most expensive car to be sold at public auction.

Jaguar E-Type

Considered today to be the ultimate Jaguar race car, Jaguar E-Type is a vintage sports car. Jaguar E-Type still today races at Silverstone Classic and Goodwood Revival.

It is definitely one of the most recognized vintage cars of all time. Jaguar E-Type can speed up to 150 mph and had better brakes compared to its contemporaries of that era. This beautiful classic sports car had the same elements of the D-Type with 600lds in weight shaved off due to its new sleek aerodynamic body.

Porsche 911

Nothing can reflect vintage driving the way Porsche 911 does. This beauty with sheer power gives the ultimate true experience of driving any sports car. Automotive collectors cannot deny the magic of the early Porsche 911.

The early Porsche 911 could rise to 60 mph in just 6 seconds. This definitely one of the most famous vintage sports car just like the Jaguar E-Type.

Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

Built between 1967 and 1968, Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is a glorious beauty that had only eighteen samples made. Designed to be a racing car, Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale was redesigned for road use.

The dominant racing car had Sport’s two liter V8 which was replaced to 230 horsepower so that it could be used for normal driving. The performance was superb, but Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale did not sell well. Despite these, Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is the most beautiful racing vintage car in existence.

VOLKSWAGEN WINS THE COOLEST EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING AWARD BY A MILE.

In 2014, Volkwagen premiered their “Eyes On The Road” campaign, which was unveiled on unsuspecting movie-goers in cinemas in Hong Kong. The German automaker created a clever stunt that was half public service announcement and half engagement marketing to convince drivers to keep their eyes on the road while driving.

This is how it happened: As movie-goers began settling into their seats with their popcorns and sodas, a location-based broadcaster identified their phones. Soon, the screen lit up and the inside of a car with a driver revving up the engine appeared. The driver turned the music on and started to drive down a long road lined on either side by trees. The road is shown through the point of view of the driver. The location-based broadcaster was then used to send a message to everyone in the cinema. Phones chimed everywhere. As the movie-goers took their phones out, the sound of skidding wheels and shattering glass echoed through the room. Everyone gasped and looked up from their phones. The car on the screen had crashed into the trees. The movie-goers wore shocked expressions on their faces. A message appeared on the screen. “Mobile use is now the leading cause of death behind the wheel. A reminder to keep your eyes on the road”. It was followed by the Volkswagen logo.

This isn’t the first time Volkswagen has tried to warn drivers of the dangers of texting and driving. In Cape Town, South Africa, Volkswagen created a poster advertisement with Oglivy Cape Town that simply read “I’ll be there in a wh” and then showed iPhone’s predictive text, a function that suggests words to you as you type, proposing “while” or “wheelchair”. Another poster read “See you n” with “now” or”never” as the predicted words. “I’m in tr” had “traffic” or “trauma” as recommendations. It was accompanied with the line “Please don’t text and drive” and Volkswagen’s logo.

However, the “Eyes On The Road” campaign was the most impactful campaign. Many were impressed. Others were scared or angry. OglivyOne Beijing was behind the concept and execution of the brilliant advertisement. The agency shared a video of it which went viral and is all over YouTube now. It was viewed 25 million times. Many websites picked up on it. The advertisement unfortunately faced legal action for allegedly ripping off a five-year old ad campaign from ad agency Happiness Brussels. This was reported by The Guardian. The Daily Mail’s article speculated that it was made to generate buzz for Volkwagen’s XL1, which was marketed as the world’s most fuel-efficient car at the time.

The “Eyes On The Road” campaign was a powerful advertisement and definitely one of the coolest experiential marketing campaigns ever created. More importantly, however, it was necessary. A study has found that texting makes a crash up to 23 times more likely. Apparently, at any given time throughout the day, approximately 660, 000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while driving. These are alarming statistics and should be heeded. Volkswagen’s cinema stunt was a timely reminder of how dangerous distracted driving can be.

Volkswagen Luxurious new Touareg Exclusive Release for German market

Volkswagen, shortened to VW, is the German automaker that has been a crowd favorite for a long time. The Volkswagen, since its foundation in 1937, has grown to become the largest automaker in the world. So if you’re looking to buy a luxury sportscar, be sure that between the Audi Q5 and Q7 and the Porsche Cayenne, you will see that Volkswagen has kicked it up a notch with its Exclusive package for the Touareg.

The Touareg was initially available solely in its domestic German market, and benefitted from a number of special touches. Many of these exclusive features are available on the standard model but can be found in this one bundled into a single package. These include an option of three wheels (one set of 19s as standard, a different set as a no-cost option and extra-cost 20-inchers) along with the added chrome and silver roof rails.

The interior of the Touareg is fitted with two-tone Nappa leather called “cool leather”, found in either beige and black or burgundy and black. The seats are specially trimmed to stay cool and is heated with 12 ways to adjust it. And as an added touch, its olive wood trim, black headliner and stainless steel sill plates round out the package perfectly.

The Touareg Exclusive can be ordered from anywhere in Germany considering that that all of the engines available on the customary model (including diesel and gasoline BlueMotion V6s, the V8 TDI and the V6 hybrid) are in stock. But Volkswagen still hasn’t confirmed whether the North American market will receive a similar Exclusive package. So full press release will occur after the jump.

The Touareg contains a leather seat system that includes heated front seat with electro-pneumatically adjustable backrest side bolsters, a 12-way heat setting, and head restraints with longitudinal and latitudinal height adjustment. Similarly, the leather door inserts, a black headliner and sill panel strips in stainless steel with exclusive lettering are also inclusive. Decorative elements include real wood in “Olive Silk Gloss” round off the exclusive atmosphere of the interior.

The Touareg also contains a standard fit of 19-inch “Salamanca” alloy wheels, painted in Sterling Silver. The “Girona” wheel almost has the same dimensions and can be ordered at no extra cost. Another option is provided, the extravagant 20-inch “Tarragona” wheel, which gives the Touareg a particularly individual aptitude. The exterior has been characterized by its “Chrome & Style” package and roof rails in anodized silver, unique to all the other Volkswagens.

Volkswagen promises to uphold its reputation for years to come as it releases one after another masterpiece, each better than the previous one. After the press release on 12th October, 2010 at Wolfsburg, Volkswagen has now redefined luxury. The New Touareg Exclusive is an exclusively equipped model that leaves nothing to the imagination and nothing to be desired.