At the backdrop of New York International Auto Show, BMW i3 was announced as 2014 World Green Car. The car was part of an initial entry list of 14 new cars, shortlisted to 3. the other finalists were Audi A3 Sportback g-tron and Volkswagen XL1. “To have the BMW i3 named World Green Car of the Year is a great honor,” said Dr. Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW. “From the production process onwards, the BMW i3 is a truly sustainable vehicle, created with the needs of the 21st century city in mind.”
Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the recipient of the 2014 World Luxury Car award at New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). This is the 1st year for the World Luxury Car award. The category was created to recognise higher-price premium cars being sold in more limited numbers globally.
A conference hosted by New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) and Bridgestone Corporation revealed Audi A3 as 2014 World Car of the Year. Previously Audi has won 7 times. These include 2005 World Car of the Year title, 3 World Performance Car titles in 2010, 2008 and 2007, and 2 World Car Design of the Year titles in 2008 and 2007. Audi A3 premium compact sedan triumphed an initial entry list of 24 global cars, a shortlist of 12 and 3 finalists. This year’s finalists were BMW 4 Series, Mazda 3 and Audi A3.
General Motors India sold 6,601 cars in March 2014. When compared to 9,006 units sold in March 2013, this equates to 26.7% sales decline. In April 2014, Chevrolt India sold 2,293 units of Beat, 1,351 units of Tavera and 1,310 units of Enjoy.
World Rallycross driver, Anton Marklund announced his 2014 Summer Global X Games invitation following negotiations by his management agency, The KINC. The 21 year old is one of few motorsports talents to compete at the ESPN X Games.He gets behind his No.92 Volkswagen Polo RX Supercar to compete against 22 other rallycross drivers in Austin, Texas.
Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren have handed over a high-performance Volvo S60 Polestar to NSW Police’s Rose Bay Local Area Command. The 257kW S60 Polestar can go from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds. The police vehicle is supplied via a partnership with Volvo Car Australia and Trivett Volvo, Alexandria.
Fans are keen on the 4th round of the 2014 FIA Formula 1 World Championship at Shanghai, China this weekend. And while you may not know what the 2 Chinese character refer to, you will see it on Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado’s Lotus F1 team cars. Lotus F1 and Renault have used a one-off livery. Renault will be written in its Mandarin form on the team’s V6 hybrid power unit, the Energy F1 2014.
As medium-heavy duty trucks sales volumes grow globally, interest in medium-heavy duty trucks with advanced telematics solutions, green powertrain technologies, and safety enhancement technologies are gaining popularity. 2014 will increasingly concentrate prognostics solutions to reduce vehicle down time and improve productivity. As per a Frost & Sullivan Market Insight, Overview of the Global Medium-Heavy Duty Truck Market in 2014, sale of medium-heavy duty trucks is expected to go up to 2.87 million units by 2014 end.
Nissan now increases focus on “No Charge to Charge” promotion to make available 2 years of no-cost public charging for purchase or lease of a new Nissan Leaf. Nissan “No Charge to Charge” goes to 25 US markets, areas that at present contribute to 80% Nissan Leaf sales. An EZ-Charge card will be used, a first-of-its-kind platform, which offers Nissan Leaf owners access to the leading EV charging networks.