Aston Martin Lagonda supersaloon gets official with first delivery

August 29th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Aston Martin Lagonda sedan in Oman

Over the past 67 years since Aston Martin acquired the Lagonda marque, the name has come and gone, but now it’s back again. After an aborted attempt at reviving the brand with a much-criticized SUV concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, Aston is building a new high-end sedan exclusively for the Middle Eastern market, and this is our best look at it yet.

We first caught glimpse of the upcoming new Lagonda a few months ago when it was spotted undergoing testing, and Aston released preliminary details and a couple of teaser images just last month. But now it’s shipping the first example for testing to the Sultanate of Oman on the Persian Gulf coast, and it has evidently allowed Oman Air and the Aston Martin Oman dealership to release a handful of photos.

What we can see is a pretty handsome sedan that borrows stylistically from the original Aston Martin Zagato sedan that shocked the world in the mid-’70s, not to mention cues from the Zagato Centennial concepts revealed last year. It’s possible this is Aston’s new design direction, a bid to finally take it away from the gorgeous but overfamiliar styling of its current crop. The fresh look is more squared off, with narrower head- and taillights. It’s also possible, of course, that this new look will remain specific to future Zagato-branded vehicles. Look close enough and you’ll notice that the handsome sedan is wearing the Lagonda badge, not those of Aston Martin.

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Datsun expands low-cost revival with new Mi-Do in Moscow [w/video]

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Datsun Mi-Do

Those who were disappointed when Datsun changed its name to Nissan over three decades ago may have been pleased to see the marque revived last year, even as a budget brand. Nissan’s counterpart to its ally Renault’s Dacia budget brand, Datsun has been steadily expanding its lineup of low-cost transportation for developing markets with the debut of the Go hatchback in India, the Go+ minivan in Indonesia and the On-Do sedan in Russia. And now it has returned to Moscow to reveal its fourth model, the Mi-Do.

Based closely on the On-Do sedan (which itself is based on the Lada Granta) the Mi-Do takes on a five-door hatchback bodystyle but with no more frills. It uses the same front-drive chassis with the same wheelbase as the sedan, but its chopped tail makes it a good foot and a half shorter overall. Into that compact shape, Datsun has fitted dual airbags, ABS and… well, that’s about it. It’s got a 1.6-liter, eight-valve inline-four kicking out a grand total of 87 horsepower to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Bare bones, this is.

While delivery of the first On-Do sedans commences next month (with the first example going to an IT specialist in Omsk), the Mi-Do is set to begin delivery early next year. Scope out the video and press release below from the Mi-Do’s reveal at the Moscow Motor Show.

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A Quick Look Back on Jeremy Martins Championship Year

August 28th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Put out a quick killer video looking back on the the amazing year Jeremy Martin had this year.

 

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A Quick Look Back on Jeremy Martins Championship Year

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 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Put out a quick killer video looking back on the the amazing year Jeremy Martin had this year.

 

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A Quick Look Back on Jeremy Martins Championship Year

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 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Put out a quick killer video looking back on the the amazing year Jeremy Martin had this year.

 

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Volvo aligning model range into three families

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Things have been slow in Gothenburg the past few years, but they’re picking up speed. The only new model Volvo has released in the past four years since it was taken over by Geely – that being the V40 introduced in 2012 – started its development when the company was still under Ford’s umbrella. But now the Swedish automaker is preparing to launch a volley of new models, and the new XC90 is only the starting point.

Volvo has set out to align its product portfolio into three model families – 40, 60 and 90 – each with three body-styles: sedan, wagon and crossover. (Volvo presented a tidy little table, which we’ve replicated below, to outline what it has in store.) That means a new S40 sedan and XC40 crossover as well as a replacement for the current V40 wagon, all to be based on a new platform shared with Geely. It also means replacements for the current S60, V60 and XC60 to be based on the modular SPA platform that underpins the new XC90, as well as a new S90 sedan to replace the S80 and a new V90 wagon to succeed the V70 and move it up-market above the V60.

All of these models are set to arrive within the next four years as Volvo moves to replace its entire lineup by 2019 and subsequently move to more competitive seven-to-eight-year product life-cycles. But as aggressively as Volvo is pursuing this renewal of its core models, they’re not the only things Gothenburg has in store. Keep reading below to learn how Volvo’s model line will flesh out over the coming years.

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These Scots fought the law, but the law didn’t win

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Scotland Yard in an unmarked speed trap

“I fought the law and the law won.” So goes the song originated by the Bobby Fuller Four and popularized by the Clash. And with good reason, because typically when an average citizen challenges the authority of law enforcement, they end up at the wrong end of its long arm. That’s what makes this situation so unusual.

A couple of ordinary citizens in Glasgow, Scotland, happened upon an unmarked police vehicle stationed at the side of the road with a radar gun fixed on passing traffic. The thing is, apparently local laws state that police officers setting up a speed trap need to be doing so in clearly marked vehicles – and those yellow emergency vests probably don’t qualify.

Watch the video clip to see what happens when the citizens confront the police on foot, then read more about it in the Daily Mail.

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Chevy’s hardcore Niva concept ready for Moscow adventure

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Chevy Niva Concept

A couple of weeks ago, Chevrolet released a pair of shadowy teaser images previewing a new Niva. And now, with its live reveal at the Moscow Motor Show looming over the next snow-capped mountain, the Bowtie brand has taken the wraps off the new concept.

Though details are scarce at the moment – the press release below (presented in the original Russian and in translated form) deals more with the European debut of the new Tahoe, but it’s clear from the 35 images that the new Niva concept is meant more for driving off the road than on it. It’s compact but packs all manner of off-road equipment like knobby BF Goodrich tires, a winch, snorkel, underbody cladding, tow hooks, integrated lamp guards, auxiliary lighting and a big roof rack. Underneath and behind all that equipment, however, we’re looking at a fairly handsome shape with a familiar Chevy front end and a rear section that seems to borrow heavily from Mercedes-Benz.

Though the Niva (not to be confused with the Chevy Nova) is historically known as a Lada product, General Motors has been building its own version through a joint venture with the Russian parent company since 1998. This concept ostensibly previews its replacement.

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ROOKIE KEN ROCZEN CLAIMS FIRST EVER LUCAS OIL AMA PRO MOTOCROSS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

August 27th, 2014 by admin No comments »

This week the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross championships stopped at Miller Motosports Park in Tooele, Utah for the final round of the series. Trey Canard dominated Utah to earn his first overall win of the season. Ken Roczen was able to minimize the damage at Utah to claim his first ever National Championship.

As the gate dropped on Moto one, it was the Honda spoilers who led the pack into turn one. It was the forty-one of Trey Canard that captured the Motosport.com holeshot award, followed by Oakley Bomb winner Eli Tomac. Championship contenders, Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey were on the move, both making their way by Tomac with sights set on Canard.

Roczen looked eager to make the move on Canard early, but Canard managed to hold him off and put some time between himself and Roczen.

As the Moto passed the halfway point Dungey had begun to close on Roczen, with Tomac also closing from behind. In the closing ten minutes of the Moto, Roczen managed to barely avoid a tangle with a lapper to hold onto the lead.

With only three minutes remaining on the clock, Roczen was able to fend off multiple attacks, but Dungey still managed to get by. Roczen was able to get by in some lapped traffic. Left with only a lap and a half to go, Dungey put the pressure on Roczen and managed to make his way by Roczen, taking over second position.

Trey Canard claimed the Moto one win; with over a ten second lead on the two championship contenders. Ryan Dungey managed to hold onto second position to pick up two points on Roczen in the championship points chase. Roczen rode a strong and smart Moto, taking third position in Moto one.

Heading into Moto two, with the championship still up for grabs, it was Trey Canard who captured the Motosport.com holeshot award. In the early laps of the Moto, Roczen pushed to make the pass on the number forty-one of Trey Canard.

Dungey was able to make his way into third in a hurry and managed to make the pass on Roczen for second position.

Although Tomac was able to get by Roczen, it wasn’t enough for Dungey to close the points gap in the championship points chase.

The young German rode his way to the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocorss premiere class Championship at Tooele, Utah. In his rookie season in the 450 class Ken Roczen took his first ever national championship.

After years of injuries, it was also an extremely rewarding day for the number forty-one of Trey Canard, who took home his first overall win of the season. Canard claimed third overall in the championship points chase.

Dungey was able to take second in Moto two for second overall on the day, and second overall in the championship.

Tomac’s 4-3 was good enough to edge Roczen off the podium at Utah and take third overall for the day.

In the 250 class, it was Cooper Webb who managed to capture the Motosport.com holeshot award. It was the Star Racing Yamalube Yamaha’s of Cooper Webb and Jeremy Martin, that ran in the number one and two spots, once again.

Jeremy Martin was able to get by Webb, claiming the win in Moto one. Cooper Webb finished out Moto one in second position, just in front of Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett in third.

In Moto two, it was Jeremy Martin who dominated, as he dominates the entire series.

It was the battle between the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammates that kept the fans on their feet. Bagget was able to get around Wilson on the inside, taking over sixth position.

Bagget was able to make his way into third position by the end of the Moto to pick up a few points on Webb and claim second position in the championship. Webb went 2-4 to claim third overall at Utah and third position in the championships. Jeremy Martin topped off his championship-winning season with another 1-1 overall at Utah.

As the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series has come to a close, race fans be sure to check back for more info on the Monster Energy Cup coming soon and the kick off to Supercross 2015!

450 CLASS – UTAH RESULTS
1. Trey Canard (1-1)
2. Ryan Dungey (2-2)
3. Eli Tomac (4-3)
4. Ken Roczen (3-4)
5. Brett Metcalfe (7-5)
6. Ryan Sipes (9-6)
7. Andrew Short (6-13)
8. Fredrik Noren (10-9)
9. Weston Peick (13-7)
10. Justin Brayton (12-8)

250 CLASS – UTAH RESULTS
1. Jeremy Martin (1-1)
2. Blake Baggett (3-3)
3. Copper Webb (2-4)
4. Justin Bogle (6-2)
5. Marvin Musquin (4-5)
6. Chris Aldredge (5-8)
7. Joey Savatgy (8-7)
8. Dean Wilson (10-6)
9. Zach Osborne (7-9)
10. RJ Hampshire (9-11)

450 CLASS – CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Ken Roczen – 532
2. Ryan Dungey – 518
3. Trey Canard – 468
4. Brett Metcalfe – 334
5. Eli Tomac – 319
6. Andrew Short – 302
7. Weston Peick – 290
8. Josh Grant – 259
9. James Stewart – 226
10. Fredrik Noren – 207

250 CLASS – CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Jeremy Martin – 500
2. Blake Baggett – 421
3. Cooper Webb – 419
4. Marvin Musquin – 408
5. Justin Bogle – 368
6. Christophe Pourcel – 355
7. Jason Anderson – 276
8. Cole Seely – 260
9. Jessy Nelson – 252
10. Dean Wilson – 230

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2015 Volvo XC90

August 27th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Volvo XC90

The new XC90 isn’t just about the new XC90 – it’s as much about the new generation of Volvos that will result.

Around the turn of the millennium, Volvo seemed like the perfect automaker to make a crossover. It had, after all, already established for itself a reputation for building all-wheel-drive wagons for transporting families in safety and comfort. But while its competitors marched one by one into the luxury utility market, Volvo held out. That was, anyway, until the debut of the original XC90 in 2002. And it’s never looked back since.

Over the past baker’s dozen years of production, Volvo has produced over 600,000 examples of the XC90 – not to mention another half-million or so of the smaller XC60 that followed. In other words, the decision to build the XC90 in the first place may very well have been among the smartest that Volvo has ever made. But after an unusually long lifecycle, Volvo has finally retired the first-gen XC90, and it’s replacing it with the model you see here. And with it, it’s ushering in a bold new era for the Swedish automaker.

After a series of three particularly handsome concept cars and even more teasers and advanced details, we’re finally looking at the new 2015 Volvo XC90 here at its birthplace in Sweden. The big-production live reveal with media in attendance from around the world is testimony in and of itself to the importance of the new XC90′s arrival to a marque that’s always had a loyal following and is, after a period of stagnation, only growing. Because the new XC90, you see, isn’t just about the new XC90: it’s as much about the new generation of Volvos that will result.

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