Ferrari celebrates at Art Basel Miami Beach
The 458 Spider received its American unveiling in collaboration with Interview Magazine as part of the programme of the Art Basel Miami Show, the most important modern and contemporary art show in the Americas. Guests, collectors and clients from all over the world joined Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo for an exclusive evening to celebrate the arrival in the US of the latest Ferrari model. The celebration took place at 1111 Lincoln Road, the modernist building designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, who won the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2001. The new 3D video from artist Marco Brambilla was also premiered in the course of the evening. Shot during the last Italian Grand Prix at Monza, it features clips of the Scuderia Ferrari and its race-time activities, including spectacular footage of the pit-stops. The sequences have been edited by the video artist to create "an exhilarating psychological portrait of the point of view a Formula 1 driver during a race". The evening ended with music from American singer-songwriter Janelle Monàe whose first album "The ArchAndroid" was a huge international success in 2010.
New MERCEDES CLA-Class
The CLA is set to establish a new segment, with world-leading aerodynamics (Cd = 0.22), avant-garde coupé design and 4MATIC all‑wheel drive (optional). As a new four-door coupé it follows the idea of the CLS, whose design concept has spawned more than its fair share of imitators since its debut in 2003. With its frameless doors, the coupé adopts the design of the Concept Style Coupé into series production. The newcomer features a radar-based braking system (COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST) as standard which is able to warn the driver of an obstacle from a speed of 7 km/h and to initiate precision braking when the driver steps on the brake pedal. The new CLA is available for ordering with immediate effect and will be delivered to dealerships in April. Prices begin at 28,977 euros for the CLA 180. In keeping with its sporty positioning, the CLA is available with high-torque turbo engines rated at up to 155 kW (211 hp), sports suspension and 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The technical highlights of this new design icon include a new world record in aerodynamics for series production automobiles (Cd value: 0.22) and numerous driving assistance systems, including advanced COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST. Following a brief appearance on the eve of the NAIAS in Detroit (14 to 27 January 2013), the CLA will have its official world premiere at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin (15 to 18 January 2013). The new CLA is available for ordering with immediate effect and will be delivered to dealerships in April.
New Mercedes E63 AMG
Launched at the Detroit Show, Mercedes-AMG continues to champion performance, dynamism and efficiency: the new E 63 AMG is now available as a particularly powerful S-Model with an output of 430 kW (585 hp), 800 Newton metres of torque and featuring a newly developed performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine continues to be the absolute pinnacle of efficiency: the combination of high performance and low fuel consumption remains unrivalled by any other competitor in the segment worldwide. The permanent all-wheel drive is also optionally available for the other E 63 AMG models -- on which the V8 engine has been uprated from 386 kW (525 hp) to 410 kW (557 hp), with 720 Nm of torque. With this range, Mercedes-AMG is premiering high-performance passenger car models with an all-wheel-drive system geared to driving dynamics.
HONDA NSX Concept
A new NSX Concept that showcases the evolution of the next-generation supercar's styling and design, including a first look at the possible direction for its interior design has been unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. The design stays remarkably true to the original concept styling, maintaining its low and wide stance with the dynamic and alluring proportions that are highlighted by clean, modern and simple surfacing, and edgy details that communicate supercar attitude and a high-tech feel. The new NSX Concept offers a glimpse at one potential direction for the next-generation NSX's interior design. The interior package boasts outstanding visibility, a strong driving position, and an intuitive "Simple Sports Interface" that minimises interior clutter, allowing the driver to focus on the driving experience. Consistent with the spirit of the original NSX, Honda's designers have strived to deliver synergy between man and machine.