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Fiat 500C Abarth Maserati

Here comes another sexy Fiat 500C! This model is based on the Abarth version and designed for Maserati. Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati, don’t ask me why it is called 695. I really don’t know.

This version is only limited to 499 units and powered by a 1,4-lt turbo petrol engine (180PS) with automated manual gearbox. Actually, design features are more distinctive than the technical features, you may see this through the precise accuracy of the stitches on the seats. Eventually, the quality of the production is really high inside the car; the instrument panel is made by British brand Jaeger LeCoultre, the leather is sand beige Poltrona Frau, exterior is three stage clear coat Pontevecchio Bordeux and looks exquisite. And also a very nice diffuser at the rear end!

This car is a competitor for Mini Inspired by Goodwood and Aston Martin Cygnet. Actually, it is much better than the Cygnet, I am sorry but this is the truth. Why? Because, this 500C has a specially designed exhaust to give the impression of Maserati style excitement in a small car.

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The Best Car on Earth! The Most Complicated Question

The best on earth is the most complicated question on earth! Everyone has a different opinion, even every nation has its unique opinion. Most of the time, people never agree on a single brand for the best! The conversation starts with Mercedes, jumps to BMW, later on Land Rover, just pass by Audi, moves to Aston Martin, quickly ends up with Bentley! In the meantime, someone says something about Bentley and we start overall again.

In order to resolve this very important issue, I end up with making the best car on planet from the brands that we know. First of all, all electronics are made by Bosch and Siemens. You cannot change this, and I am moving on.

Here are my categories for the best car!

Exterior Design | Engine | Transmission | Chassis | Suspension | Interior Design | Safety | Computer Interface | Ignition Key

I start with Exterior Design; I suggest Frank Stephenson as the best designer. His work can be spotted anywhere on earth and probably his designs are more popular than the Da Vinci’s paints! Welcome to world of social media.

Engine should be designed and manufactured by BMW. They offer the lowest CO2 level and efficiency with the best power output. Also, BMW has Formula 1 racing history. Don’t start saying, Ferrari is better. I am trying to find the best of everything.

Transmission should be manufactured by Ferrari. Their new double clutch gearbox is a state-of-art technology, which combines the comfort of a conventional automatic gearbox with the aggressiveness of Formula 1 shifting speed.

Chassis is really important and should be done by McLaren. They introduced the first carbon fibre technology in Formula 1 races and they always use this material for their road cars (Such as; Mercedes McLaren SLR and MP4-12C). In addition, nobody can manufacture the carbon fibre faster and better than McLaren.

Interior Design, this category has one option and it is called Rolls Royce. They are the best in interior design and comfort. All their cars are beyond extreme comfort. You have to experience it, before judging it.

Safety is the job of the Mercedes-Benz. They introduced the ABS, ESP, ASR, crash prevention systems. Nearly every three or four years, they introduce state-of-art road safety technologies and the competitors cannot keep most of the time.

Computer Interface! Unfortunately, automotive industry still is not good when it comes to design user interface for cars. I cannot ignore the improvement, but still the screen quality is low, menus are sometimes complicated, touch screen may not be that good at sensing the touch. So, there is only one company left for this and it is Apple. Just look at the iPhone, iPad or iPod; they all easy to use and work seamlessly.

Lastly the ignition key! I cannot think any other brand than Aston Martin for this job. They are doing amazing job with their crystal ignition keys.

In the end, in order to manufacture the best car, you need to combine many different brands that would lead to destroy the excitement of driving a car! Each brand has its own unique characteristics, which makes them unique and diversifies from others. So, the best car is the best one that satisfy your need, not others!

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Rolls Royce by Mr. Bean

Amazing narration of Rolls Royce brand by Mr. Bean, sorry Rowan Atkinson!

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Mercedes ends up as the third after BMW and Audi

Recently Daimler’s CEO announced his concerns on the sales performance of Mercedes. For many decades, Mercedes achieved higher sales figure than BMW and Audi. But world has changed, one decade ago we did not have chance to use mobiles phone as a computer, internet was not fast enough to stream movies and many internet companies were bankrupted. Now, everything is totally different! Mobiles are used mainly for their computers functions. We use Skype to talk overseas, Google people are the new rich and it is very easy to watch HD video on internet. This shows that, if you don’t change youself, you are out of the game.
Mercedes has changed significantly during last one decade, nobody can deny this! But they didn’t change enough to keep up with the demands of consumers. Now, Aston Martin has a small luxury car, Mini has a Rolls Royce edition. Like the world, automotive world also changed! Being too conservative and traditional is not good that anymore. Bentley and Rolls Royce are still traditional but, they integrated the tradition with contemporary environment. Mercedes also changed their design philosophy and offers more sportive vehicles. But, I cannot say the same things for Mercedes like I said to Bentley or RR!
Mercedes is still too conservative and traditional for this era. I do know that, Mercedes doesn’t wish to lose it main customers and destroy the brand loyalty but as they are more loyalty to traditional customers, they kind of ignore the contemporary world. That is the main problem, being too much conservative and traditional will not help to increase market share while BMW and Audi offer more contemporary vehicles. Mercedes offers better technology compared to other, but it is still packed with too much of conservative elements. Especially the design. You feel the excess amount of conservative and tradition bits in each Mercedes car, even with the new ML and CLS. They are really nice vehicles but when you have alternative like Range Rover, BMW X Series, BMW 6 series and Audi models, many people think again.
Thinking again is not good for consumption. If your consumers think your competitor as serious alternative, this means one thing; you are not that good anymore! If your consumers liked you, they wouldn’t consider the others that much.
I hope Mercedes will change this conservative and traditional look, Bentley is a great example for Mercedes. They should do the same, integration!

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Maybach Facts

I found some interesting facts about the Maybach. If you don’t know Maybach, I would like to provide a brief information. Maybach is the main competitor of Rolls Royce and it is under the Daimler brand. For some people, it is a luxury Mercedes!
The interesting facts about the Maybach; it is the longest production car with 6,166mm long and the heaviest production car by 2,855 kg. This interesting and probably useless information will not change your life or improve your automotive knowledge that much. But when you combine these interesting information with something unexpected, your brain may store Maybach in a better place.
Unfortunately, Maybach is one of the slowest selling production vehicle. Despite all efforts, the sales of Maybach never came close to its main rival Rolls Royce. And currently, the production might be finished! Honestly, I really like this car. I had chance to experience the state-of-art features of the Maybach and I was really impressed.
However, there is one single problem with Maybach. It is too much conservative and too much Mercedes to compete with Rolls Royce.

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Mini Inspired by Goodwood

I think I have been waiting for this for very long time. Since 2002, when the Mini was turned to bigger size, I never liked any Mini models. Even though BMW made a great job in terms of design and technology but I could not find a solid reason to like it.
First of all, it is a snob car! Many people bought without knowing anything about the Mini, they only wanted to buy because it was popular. Secondly, you can see it everywhere on earth! I am sure that BMW loved this fact but seeing a car everywhere with the same type of people is not my thing. Thirdly, first two reasons made the Mini my least favourite car before Mercedes SLS AMG.
Hopefully, BMW did something to change my mood towards the Mini. Mini Inspried by Goodwood, this special edition is designed by people in Goodwood where the Rolls Royce is manufactured. As a result of this special moment, Inspired by Goodwood has the best Mini interior ever made in whole human history. Actually, it has one of the best interiors in current automotive market. The harmony of leather, metal, wood and carpet made so well; and this remind me one thing Rolls Royce. Also I forgot all the annoying things about the Mini.
Actually, this Mini is a budget interpretation of Rolls Royce! May be in future like Aston Martin, Rolls Royce may offer a Rolls Royce Mini :) Mini already has Rolls Royce style rear door!

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Mini: The Rolls Royce has its price tag now :)

Today I have two news! One of them is good and one them is bad. Let’s start with the good one; the price of Mini Inspired by Goodwood is announced and bad one is, it is too much.
My least favourite brand has the most charming model. This is how I define the Mini Inspired by Goodwood. I could not manage to love Mini but this Rolls Royce styled model altered my perception, but only for one model! The Goodwood model is a great composition of Rolls Royce and Mini together in one piece. You have the agility of the Mini and exquisite quality, comfort and design of a Rolls Royce at the same time. As I mentioned, this is the only Mini I would go for!
As this new model is based on Roll Royce philosophy, the price would not be at Mini levels. Eventually, it is expected to be at the Rolls Royce level or Aston Martin Cygnet level !?! This is the new trend, Aston Martin started with Cygnet and Rolls Royce followed by the Mini. Small luxury urban vehicle for people who already have a big luxury car but suffering serious problems to drive them around the city. And they don’t have a good small alternative car for their Rolls Royce or Aston Martin. So, Aston Martin revealed Toyota iQ based Cygnet and Rolls Royce revealed Mini based, Goodwood by Mini. However, there are no Rolls Royce logos or brand on the Mini Inspired by Goodwood.
Okay, the price £41,000! In terms of Euro and US Dollars, this is a lot of money. Because, its target customers are the people who already own a Rolls Royce! So, this is nothing for them. My opinion, wait for one year and buy Mini Inspired by Goodwood as second hand. It would be cheaper and a good deal!

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Maybach, just Maybach!

I don’t like to talk about the same brand all time but sometimes, I break this rule. Seven years ago, I saw the Maybach with my eyes and it was standing in front me. I still remember the every moment with that unbelievable car. Maybach had the every technology, incredible comfort at back seats, amazing quality. Nevertheless, it did not have enough stamina to catch the Rolls Royce Phantom and it was obvious from the beginning.

I wanted to look at Maybach’s website to see, are there anything new !?! Unfortunately, nothing is new. I remember the 2004 again, the technology, the design, the quality remind the same. I salute the PR agency, which made the website and the content, because it is describing every technology like something new. But most of the technology is not new, actually it is out of date!

The most eye-catching part of the website is Five Speed Automatic Transmission. It was first introduced in 1997 and Mercedes kept in production until now in E Class. In 1997, it was a great technology but time has passed and five speed automatic became something really old. Now the competitors offer up to eight speed! This means, less emissions, less noise, better acceleration and refined driving. Mercedes is trying to get rid of this old gearbox but it will take more time. I think many people can ignore this fact in E Class but when it comes to Maybach (Costs lots of money), it is serious issue.

This technology is out of date and it cannot be placed in a car, which is targeting Rolls Royce and Bentley. They both offer much better technology. In terms of manufacturing, it is really hard to this kind of fundamental part of the car but they have to do it. Of course, it won’t change their sales figure but at least it will be an afford!

In my opinion, until 2013 nothing would change in Maybach and its sales figure will go down, down and down!

Original text from the website
“In addition, this transmission features a torque converter lockup clutch, which can also be engaged in the lower partial load and speed range. Rapid adaptation of the transmission to the prevailing situation is made possible by continuous electronic comparison of different influencing factors such as rolling resistance (load, gradient) or driver reactions (accelerator movement, frequency of manual gearshifts, the vehicle’s longitudinal or lateral acceleration).

A program selector button allows the driver to choose between the “S” (Standard) and “C” (Comfort) shift programs. For better control when starting, “C” mode features second-gear start and a higher reverse gear.

Further features include a mechanical lock which prevents the vehicle from rolling away when the selector lever is in position “P”, as well as a preventive measure against unauthorised operation of the selector lever.”

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Car of the Day #1 Rolls Royce Ghost

I have noticed that, many people are posting pictures named as “dress of the day”, “city of the day”, “shoes of the day”, “architecture of the day” and so on. Then I thought, I have lots of car pictures which were taken by me and why I should not upload them as “car of the day”. On each Wednesday, I will be posting a car from my own library.
I am starting with Rolls Royce Ghost.
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Rolls Royce: Electric Powered Palace, Sorry

I was expecting to read this news for a long time, an electric Rolls Royce. I know many people would think, there is no point to have an electric Rolls Royce or who is going to buy it! Actually those people miss one single point, Rolls Royce is owned by BMW. And BMW is keen on developing efficient vehicles and introduced technologies like Efficient Dynamics (And yesterday introduced its Intel CPU branded vehicle range i3 and i7). From this ambition, I was expecting to see a hybrid Rolls Royce. However Rolls Royce disappointed me and revealed an electric powered one!
That’s true, the mobile British palace Rolls Royce is going to have an electric version and it will be based on 102EX concept which is basically the Phantom. RR Phantom is my favourite car, this car is the definition of exquisite luxury and passion. Even though it is built by BMW, you don’t notice any BMW bit at all! It has best exterior design, best interior, comfort beyond your imagination. And a front grills which always remind me British Museum.
Let’s go back to electric RR. Phantom is a really huge car and despite its aluminium structure, it weight 2625 KG. And this makes Phantom one of the fattest cars on market and very hungry one. It is consuming or eating around 25lt/km (12mpg) in city! And we all know that, test figures cannot be achieved by normal human beings. So they are impossible. With a very basic analyses, in order to move this huge object with electric power; Phantom needs to carry batteries which should be able to power British Museum for one week! And this means extra weight. And this reduces the range.
Electric Rolls Royce is an important milestone for ultra-luxury vehicle segment and it is important to see that RR is adopting new driving technologies, and aiming to reduce consumption levels. However I still wonder how RR will manage to move this vehicle with batteries. Current battery technology is not very effective, if you don’t believe just check your laptop or mobile phone. They are still in huge size, despite the improvements in gadget technology. I am really looking forward to hear about the range and battery size! They will be impressive like its front grilles!
Last point, that’s LED powered flying lady will be requested by some customers. I am pretty sure about that! Don’t be shocked if you notice that LED lady on a RR driving along the street.

http://www.electricluxury.com/

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