Articles by: Diwa Tharan

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Introducing the new-generation 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. With it’s new, efficient engines, new assistance systems, and a sharpened design, this modernised version of the E-Class further extends Mercedes’ position in the luxury segment even further. In both the Saloon and Estate models of the new-generation E-Class no fewer than 11 new or optimised assistance systems from the future S-Class celebrate their world premiere.

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MINI delivers 75,954 Chrismas wishes to Santa Claus

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In its usual unconventional style, MINI has completed its Christmas mission. The MINI Goes to Santa Claus project has set a Guinness World Records record, collecting 75.954, the biggest number of wishes ever delivered to Santa Claus.

The delivery directly to the hands of Santa Claus of the longest wish list in the world (3798,5 metres) took place today at the Santa Claus Post Office in Rovaniemi, “the Official Hometown of Santa Claus” and “the Heart of Lapland”, located inside the Arctic Circle, about 800 km from Helsinki and 2,600 km from the North Pole. The wish list was put together by joining the wishes end-to-end and using a special paper that has a minimal impact on the environment.
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Ferrari celebrates 10 million Facebook followers

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10,000,000 Facebook followers.

Now that’s a number we at can only dream of! With a grand total of 96,629 followers to date, we’re only 9,903,371 short. Come on guys we can do it, ‘Like’ us now, if you haven’t already!

In just three years, the number of Ferrari fans on the world’s most popular social network Facebook has reached this incredible amount. To celebrate, the company has produced a short cartoon, now on-line, which features Ferrari’s Chairman, Luca di Montezemolo.

Ferrari, who has been on Facebook since 2009 and has enjoyed exponential growth in the number of fans following its page, becoming one of the biggest social media realities in the world. Numbers have grown by nearly 4 million in the last 12 months alone and reveal interesting trends in the usage of this media, especially amongst emerging markets and amongst youngsters. 55 per cent of all followers, in fact, are under 24.

Ferrari’s biggest fan-base following comes from the USA, France, Spain and Italy, but support is also remarkably strong from other countries such as  India which can already count on almost 1 million fans.

How many of you are Ferrari Facebook fans?

Check out Ferrari’s 10 million followers celebratory cartoon on their Facebook page –

The All-New Audi RS 6 Avant sprints in 3.9 seconds

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The all-new third generation Audi RS 6 Avant makes its debut this week combining even quicker, sub-four-second acceleration, a top speed of up to 189mph and the potential for up to 28.8mpg. Priced at approximately £77,000 OTR, the latest Avant will become available in early 2013 in the UK.

Powered by V8 biturbo petrol engine with cylinder-on-demand technology enabling it to carry up to 1,680 litres worth of luggage to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds, the new RS 6 makes for one phenomenal drive as 3.9 seconds is all it takes to dispel any doubt that its ultra-efficient new downsized twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 TFSI engine has compromised on muscle for the sake of miles-per-gallon.

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New Styling and Features for the Citroën C3 Picasso

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Citroën’s ever-popular supermini MPV, C3 Picasso, offers a series of upgrades from this month, making it more desirable than ever. The award-winning model’s already bold styling and innovative architecture has been updated with new design features, fresh body colours and additional optional technology.

New exterior styling features include a revised front bumper and the latest Citroën chevrons on all versions; together with the addition of LED daytime running lights for a fresh new look on VTR+ and Exclusive models. Two striking new body colours have also been introduced; Ink Blue and Pearlescent White.


Inside, the flexible, airy and spacious cabin is updated with a sophisticated new trim called Mistral ‘Mixou’ cloth, which is specified as standard on all VTR+ models. There’s also the option of a new ‘Claudia Mistral’ full black leather upholstery on Exclusive models. Citroën’s new eMyWay satellite navigation system is added to the option list, with extra functionality over the previous MyWay system, but at no extra cost. eMyWay can also be specified with a reversing camera and rear parking sensors for easier manoeuvres. An electro-chrome rear view mirror is now included in C3 Picasso’s Automatic Pack option at no extra charge and the new-look C3 Picasso comes with new 15-inch ‘Asterodea’ wheel covers as standard on VT versions.

Citroën has also uprated the power output of the HDi 110 engine on the C3 Picasso Exclusive, renaming it HDi 115. And we’re happy to report that the slight increase in power from 82kW to 84kW has no effect on the model’s fuel economy or CO2 emissions. The newly restyled C3 Picasso is ‘on sale’ now in the UK.

Ford B-MAX’s Innovative Door System

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Ford innovators at the company’s UK research and development centre originated the new Ford B-MAX’s ingenious door system. Dunton Innovation Group, often the source of Ford’s cleverest ideas, is involved in car and commercial vehicle programmes in their early research phases.

Ford B-MAX’s easy access

In studying ways to ease access in and out of a future small car, team members working on the Ford B-MAX project wanted completely unobstructed entry and exit.  The Dunton Innovation Group came up with the idea of hinged front doors, sliding rear doors and integrating the central body pillars to create a 1.5-metre-wide opening.

Customer research had established that loading and unloading cars, especially from the side, needed to be as simple and easy as possible.  This was not only said by parents and others ferrying children in their cars, but also by adults transporting older parents.

“Innovation at Ford starts with the customer,” said Richard Brown, manager of Ford’s Dunton Innovation Group.  “We heard from families with one or two children aged under 10 using small cars round town and ‘third agers’, who look after both their own parents and grandchildren too.

“Their stories of banging doors in tight spaces and trying to open the doors while carrying a load inspired our thinking, discussions and creation of early prototypes to prove out possible solutions.” Prototype demonstrators pioneering the Easy Access Door System, which now features on the production Ford B-MAX, went to customer clinics in the UK and on the continent.  Public reaction confirmed Ford’s plans to progress the innovation:  “Wow, it’s like opening a flat or an apartment,” said one customer.

“We delivered B-MAX with an innovative door system while retaining the stylish sweeping roofline which is contributing to its appeal today – so job done by the Dunton Innovation Group,” continued Mr. Brown.

Other innovations hatched by the Dunton team include the Ford Focus’ award-winning Door Edge Protector a customised option that introduce protectors that wrap round the side of the doors when open and fold away discreetly as they are shut.  The Southern Group of Motoring Writers gave the Ford invention its 2012 innovation award.