Nissan Juke-R video build continues – interior fit out

November 11th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The hard working crew at Nissan UK are pushing on with building the Juke-R prototype and have revealed their latest video.

Fitting the mechanical bits from Nissan’s GT-R supercar into the tiny Juke crossover has proved understandably tricky. But as seen in previous videos, the team has got the engine and drivetrain in place and it’s time to start re-fitting the interior.

Just throw in a couple of buckets and some gauges right? Nah it’s not that easy. With the large GT-R engine pushed back into what was the Juke’s cabin, the builder’s needed to rework almost everything to make sure the controls were accessible to whatever brave soul is going to pilot this unnatural beast.

To see how the Juke-R team got on watch the video below. Continue reading “Nissan Juke-R video build continues – interior fit out” »

Facelifted VW Tiguan receives R-Line treatment

November 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Volkswagen is stepping things up on its recently facelifted 2012 Tiguan SUV with the release of the R-Line trim specification.

Making your new Tiguan and R-Line is possible with the choice of two packages – one for the interior and one for the exterior. Both packages include a range of visual tweaks.

Opt for the exterior package and you receive more aggressively designed front and rear bumpers, a hatch spoiler, a black rear diffuser, aluminium door sill plates and R-line badging. Filling the wheel guards are freshly designed 19-inch alloys with 255/40 tyres.

If you want to dress up your interior appointments the R-Line cabin package includes sports seats up front, unique trim, sports steering wheel, aluminum pedals and more R-Line logos. Continue reading “Facelifted VW Tiguan receives R-Line treatment” »

Updated 2012 Jaguar XJ sports sedan arrives in NZ

August 30th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Jaguar’s NZ distributor has just landed the updated 2012 version of its luxury flag ship – the XJ sports sedan. With new equipment and pricing for 2012 the XJ apparently allows for greater personalisation and flexibility of use, with the first models available in New Zealand now.

Prices for the 2012 model start from $155,000 and the new XJ now offers the Rear Seat Comfort pack. This feature allows the electric adjustment of the backrest recline angle, four-way lumbar support and a massage function. Increased comfort is also provided by new winged headrests and rear seat footrests. The Rear Seat Comfort pack is standard on the long wheel base Supersport model and an option on the others in the XJ range.

There are new interior colour combination for 2012, available with both the Premium Luxury and Portfolio trim levels. There’s a Jet/Ivory option that features ivory seating with contrast jet stitching, piping and upper surfaces while the headlining is available in either colour, according to customer preference.

“An XJ should be the ultimate in comfort, design and refinement. The bespoke interior changes  incorporated for the 2012 model make it an even more special car to drive or be driven in,” said Paul Ricketts, the brand manager for Jaguar New Zealand. Continue reading “Updated 2012 Jaguar XJ sports sedan arrives in NZ” »

Chevrolet Corvette updated for 2012 (+video)

April 29th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette has been revealed for keen badge fans with some subtle tweaks and updates to the hard-serving C6 platform. The enhancements are aimed at improving the Corvettes on-track performance and on-road comfort levels.

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure tyres are now optional on both top spec variants – the Z06 and Zr1. Chevrolet claims that the new rubber should be good for an eight-percent gain in lateral acceleration (more than 1.1g) and will make for shorter braking distances.

The Z06 also gets some fresh optional gear like performance traction control, a full-width rear spoiler and a carbon fibre bonnet. The top dog ZR1 receives taller gearing in the fifth and sixth ratios to maximize fuel economy and possibly push out the top-end as well.

The entire 2012 Chevrolet Corvette line now benefits from a slightly reworked interior that includes a new steering wheel and new seats. The racing pews have more supportive bolstering along the sides and microfibre inserts are now available for the first time as well. The new steering wheel features leather-wrapped spokes and all models receive contrasting coloured stitching and more padded centre console and armrests. Interior appointments have been considered a weakness of the C6 Corvette and this changes should go some way to change that opinion. Continue reading “Chevrolet Corvette updated for 2012 (+video)” »

Bentley details Mulsanne’s hand-crafted interior in video

April 15th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

With the standards of mass-produced luxury cars rapidly rising to higher heights in Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles, it now requires extreme lengths to stand out in the hyper luxury segment where Bentley and Rolls-Royce live. Bentley’s latest vehicle the 2011 Mulsanne  is seeking go above its competition with the 2011 Mulsanne, and the video below details how they go about building its immaculate interior.

Hand-stitched leather mixes in with finely-crafted wood and many hours and years of experience go into the building of every Bentley Mulsanne’s interior. Boasting “classic signature features that have defined Bentleys from the 1920s to the present day,” the Mulsanne interior is stacked with mirror-matched wood veneers (which take five weeks to make) in Walnut, Piano Black, Oak, Bird’s Eye Maple, Vavona, Olive Ash or Sapelli Pommele. For the seats, the leather smell is important so the company used a complex tanning process to create “a rich, mature leather aroma.” Leather is available in 24 standard color choices (and a variety of heritage colors) and can be selected in both single-tone and two-tone combinations.

With an expected price tag of £220,000 ($475,000 NZ) the Mulsanne comes with high expectations. Click on the link below to see how the interior is made and how it’s set to impress. Continue reading “Bentley details Mulsanne’s hand-crafted interior in video” »

Porsche shows off Panamera interior

February 13th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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Porsche has released the first official images of the interior of the new Panamera. Unlike the much criticised exterior, the inside is much easier on the eyes and features usable rear seats. The images show off a two-tone color scheme with a center console featuring an array of artistically positioned switches. The steering wheel has thumb switches allowing the driver to manually select the ratio of the seven-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox. A large navigation screen dominates the center of the instrument panel while two more are available to entertain the backseat passengers.

The Panamera goes on sale in Germany on September 12, with a six-speed manual, 4.8-liter S model starting at €102,251. From there, the price escalates quickly as options are added. At launch, only normally aspirated and turbocharged V8s will be available. Sometime in 2010-11, a V6 hybrid should arrive, and possibly a diesel as well.

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