When Chevrolet decided to launch the all-new Sonic in the States, it seems they took the word 'launch' a little too seriously.
On the back of research that showed extreme sports to be highly popular within the car's 18-30 target customer range, the company decided to make quite an impact by throwing a car from the top of a ten storey tower in Long Beach, California.
Well, we say impact. But just before it plummeted to the ground, the all-new Aveo dipped its nose in a paddling pool and bounced back up in an incredible display of non-contact automotive bungee-jumping.
The stunt was performed as part of Chevrolet's 'Let's do this' marketing campaign in the USA.
The Bungee Jump is the second extreme sport in which the Aveo has participated. Last month, the car was launched more quickly than any car in history -- accelerating from 0-60mph in just 0.4 seconds as it was pushed out of an aeroplane, to perform its first freefall skydive.
► 2012 BMW S 1000 RR on Track (193 hp)
Like its predecessor, the new RR knows no compromise, providing the highest
level of sporting character and riding dynamics. The convincing features of
the new S 1000 RR are its improved handling with absolute riding stability,
supreme engine performance with perfect everyday practicality, and a
resounding dynamic performance. The highest level of active safety is
safeguarded by the most advanced brake system today on the market, the BMW
Motorrad Race ABS. When accelerating, the rider is supported by the Dynamic
Traction Control system DTC. Both of these systems have been optimised for
the perfect interaction.
There have been no changes to the superior engine power of
142 kW (193 hp) with a weight of only 204 kilograms including 90% fuel
(206.5 weight with Race ABS).
Concept with optimised riding dynamics.
One of the primary objectives pursued for the revised S 1000 RR model was
to improve ridability by Boosting
thrust and enhancing the linearity and harmoniousness of the power and
torque curves. The reconfigured throttle improves overall response.
The new, optimised design raises response sensitivity, tightens the
twistgrip angle, and reduces the twisting force.
Suspension with improved handling and feedback.
The modifications to the new RR suspension have been instrumental in Boosting its riding dynamics. For
instance, the upside down fork and the spring strut feature a new internal
structure, providing an even wider range of damping forces from comfort to
Moreover, the suspension geometry has been modified with new values for the
steering head angle, offset, position of the swing arm pivot, fork
projection, and spring strut length to yield even better handling, steering
accuracy, and feedback for the new S 1000 RR. This has required
modifications to the main frame that also included enlarging the cross
sectional area of the intake air guide through the steering head for
greater air flow efficiency. This package of suspension optimisations is
rounded off by an adjustable mechanical steering damper.
Instrument cluster with new functions.
The engine speed display has been redesigned for better readability. In
addition, the display can now be dimmed and provides more functions. For
instance, the lap timer can now present "Best lap in progress", and if
required, "Speedwarning" can inform the rider when he exceeds a particular
Refined design and new colours.
The new S 1000 RR not only benefits from the advanced developments for the
engine, suspension, and cockpit. It has also gained yet another step ahead
in terms of design. The tail section now presents a considerably leaner
look. There have been some discrete changes to the asymmetrical side
panels, and the centre airbox cover now sports side aperture grilles. On
the top part of the panels, a new, telling identifying feature takes the
form of two winglets that enhance the aerodynamic qualities.
In the most sporting colour combination of Racing red and Alpine white, the
RR exudes power and speed even when it is stationary, whereas plain
Bluefire lends it a decidedly extravagant look.
Sporty dynamics is conveyed by Sapphire black metallic, and in BMW Motorrad
Motorsport colours, the new S 1000 RR testifies to its direct relationship
with BMW Motorrad Motorsport. The distinctive RR logo has been slightly
Additional visual accents take the form of wheels painted in glossy black
and the red spring in the central strut. The matching swing arm either
presents an anodised coating or is kept in black.
Also the ergonomics has been improved in the form of new heel plates for
the rider. The stabilisers on the passenger footrests have now been
designed for a leaner look.
Extended range of optional extra and special equipment.
For individualising the new S 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad is expanding its range
of optional extras and special equipment ex works with a number of
attractive features. Riders with a particularly sporty bent can now equip
their RR with an HP titanium Exhaust
system (with or without ABE) or the HP race data logger. Also the heated
grips offering two levels and fitted as optional extra can take the bite
out of the early morning run on the racetrack or longer rides in cold
2012 Chevrolet Aveo CRASH TEST
The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy
readings indicated good protection for the knees and femurs of both the
driver and front passenger dummies and Chevrolet showed that a similar
level of protection would be offered to occupants of different sizes and to
those sat in different seating positions. The Aveo scored maximum points in
the side barrier test, all body regions being well protected. Even in the
more severe pole test, the chest was adequately protected. The seat and
head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the
event of a rear-end collision.
Maximum points were scored in the dynamic tests for the protection of the 3
year infant. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward
facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear
information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag
and the system was rewarded by Euro NCAP. Permanently attached labels also
provide clear warnings that the passenger airbag should be disabled before
a rearward facing child seat can be used in that position.
2012 BMW M5 (F10) on the Road
Fifth generation of the world's most successful high-performance sedan in
the premium segment of the executive class; new BMW M5 is an exceptionally
dynamic high-performance sports car with four doors and five seats;
consistent further development of the vehicle concept initiated in 1984
with the first-generation BMW M5; compelling track potential combines with
the comprehensive practicality of a luxurious business sedan;
groundbreaking character headlined by significantly improved efficiency,
supreme long-distance comfort, and innovative driver assistance systems and
World premiere of a newly developed BMW M high-performance engine:
high-revving 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower turbo package -- consisting of Twin Scroll Twin turbo technology, cross-bank Exhaust manifold, High Precision Direct Petrol
Injection and VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control; 412 kW/560 hp at
6,000 -- 7,000 rpm, maximum torque: 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) from
1,500 rpm; maximum speed: 7,200 rpm; wet sump lubrication optimised for
high lateral loads, lag-free power delivery, typical M car thrust.
Significantly improved balance between performance and fuel consumption:
acceleration 0--100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds, 0--200 km/h (124 mph) in
13.0 seconds, top speed: 250 km/h / 155 mph (305 km/h / 190 mph with M
Driver's Package); average fuel consumption in EU test cycle: 9.9
litres/100 km (28.5 mpg imp); engine output 10 per cent up on predecessor
model, maximum torque increased by 30 per cent, fuel consumption cut by
more than 30 per cent; extensive Efficient Dynamics technology, including
Auto Start-Stop function and Brake Energy Regeneration.
Power transfer to the rear wheels via the seven-speed M Double Clutch
Transmission Drivelogic; traction-optimised automatic gear selection;
Launch Control; Low Speed Assistance; automatically activated parking mode;
M-specific gear selector; M leather steering wheel with shift paddles.
Specifications and performance: BMW M5: V8 petrol engine, M TwinPower turbo technology with Twin Scroll Twin turbo, cross-bank Exhaust manifold, High Precision Direct
Injection and VALVETRONIC variable valve control. Displacement: 4,395 cc,
output: 412 kW/560 hp at 6,000 -- 7,000 rpm, max. torque: 680 Nm (502
lb-ft) at 1,500 -- 5,750 rpm. Acceleration 0--100 km/h (62 mph): 4.4
seconds, acceleration 0--200 km/h (124 mph): 13.0 seconds, top speed: 250
km/h / 155 mph (305 km/h / 190 mph with M Driver's Package). Average fuel
consumption: 9.9 litres/100 kilometres (28.5 mpg imp), CO2 emissions: 232
g/km, Exhaust standard: EU5.
► NEW 2012 Chevrolet Aveo Sedan
The Aveo 4-door Sedan joins it's cousin the hot hatch 5 door in the
Chevrolet lineup. Welburn discusses in detail the "personality" behind the
Aveo design, and the inspiration for its appearance inside and out. As more
people around the globe are looking at small cars, it's important for them
to know that small doesn't have to be boring, and this car has a spacious,