New MAN Efficiency Technologies For Trucks And Buses At The IAA

As the second largest exhibitor at the IAA, MAN Truck and Bus presents new vehicle and engine technologies, with the top-of-the-range TGX D38 truck with up to 640 HP as its centrepiece.

With its new 15.2 litre six-cylinder engine which boasts 520, 560, or 640 HP, the flagship TGX D38, is proudly displayed as a world first at the IAA 2014. A leading light on the innovation stage is the 640 HP heavy-duty prime mover. The 19 trucks on the stand and in the outdoor areas represent the product and sector variety achieved by the TGL, TGM, TGS and TGX series.

MAN TGX D38 Truck
MAN TGX D38 Truck

Consumption efficiency – this central theme goes hand in hand with our goal of reducing CO2 emissions. The new TGX EfficientLine has all of the efficiency technologies on board, most notably the EfficientCruise GPS Tempomat and the TopTorque torque enhancer for fuel economy. In the TGX EfficientLine, designed with consistent fuel economy in mind, MAN has the most successful model on the market. Since its market launch in 2010, more than 27,000 customers have chosen the EfficientLine models and packages.

MAN has reworked the complete D26 engine portfolio for trucks of 400 to 480 HP and provides the TopTorque function throughout that gives an extra 200 Nm torque in the two highest gears. This puts the new engines on a parallel with long-design drive trains, thus achieving sustainable fuel economy. MAN is also giving viewers a glimpse into the future of natural-gas trucks with a MAN TGM with a 280 HP CNG engine.

MAN is integrating the progressive Efficient Cruise GPS Tempomat into TGX and TGS series, and into buses, thereby making a significant contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions in commercial vehicles. In the buses sector, MAN is exhibiting a Lion’s Coach as well as three MAN Lion’s City coaches with CNG, hybrid and Euro 6 diesel drives. The NEOPLAN coach brand is represented by the Skyliner, Cityliner and Jetliner models. MAN Latin America will also attend the trade fair, exhibiting two VW Constellations and a VW Volksbus for international markets.

MAN Solutions focuses on the interweaving of services that provide the customer with valuable opportunities to reduce costs, and MAN will present a whole host of innovations in this field at the IAA.

New ŠKODA Fabia Boasts Up To 17 Per cent Better Mileage

The new ŠKODA Fabia sets new benchmarks in terms of fuel consumption and emissions. Slated to debut in Paris in October 2014, the new Fabia will use up to 17 per cent less fuel than its predecessor, making it the most environment-friendly and fuel-efficient Fabia of all time. Its all-new engine lineup (four petrol and three diesel engines) complies with the EU6 emissions standard.

ŠKODA Fabia
ŠKODA Fabia

The new ŠKODA Fabia will feature all-new, latest generation fuel-efficient engines. Counting the GreenLine variant, customers in EU countries will have a choice of four petrol and three diesel engines, all of them compliant with the new EU6 emissions regulation and featuring a start-stop system and kinetic energy recuperation as standards. Transmissions will be either a manual or a DSG double-clutch gearbox.

The petrol engines available are new three- and four-cylinder series based on MQB technology. The 1.0 MPI three-cylinders have indirect injection, while the four-cylinders are turbocharged with stratified injection (TSI) and engine size of 1.2 litres. Power output begins at 44 kW (60 hp) and ranges up to 81 kW (110 hp).

Diesel engines available for the new ŠKODA Fabia comprise three performance levels of the new turbocharged direct-injection 1.4 litre common-rail design with three cylinders. Its engine block is made of aluminium alloy. At 55 kW to 77 kW, power output is unchanged from the second generation of the Fabia, though engine size is now 1.4 litres, not 1.6 litres as it was.

Late 2015 will see the launch of the most fuel-efficient ŠKODA Fabia, the GreenLine version with a 55 kW 1.4 TDI engine. A start-stop system, kinetic energy recuperation and tyres optimised for low rolling resistance combined with improvements to the car’s aerodynamics result in fuel consumption of just 3.1 l/100 km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of a mere 82 g/km.

From 2015, this will make the ŠKODA Fabia GreenLine the most environment-friendly ŠKODA with a conventional power plant, surpassed only by the CNG-powered ŠKODA Citigo G-TEC .

The new ŠKODA Fabia’s weight will be up to 65 kg lower than hitherto (adjusted for equipment), with the 1.0 MPI three cylinder baseline model weighing in dry (without driver) at just 980 kg.

The third generation of the Fabia underscores ŠKODA’s claim to fame when it comes to environment-friendly cars, embodying the company’s clear commitment that environment-conscious mobility must be affordable now and in the future, for the benefit of both customers and the planet. ŠKODA’s GreenLine, Green tec and G-TEC models, which are available for the ŠKODA model range, are cases in point.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Confirms Development Of New Model

The manufacturer of the world’s pinnacle super-luxury automobiles today confirmed the development programme for a new Rolls-Royce. The new car will reach the market by mid-2016.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

The car will build on the success of Phantom, Ghost and Wraith by continuing to boldly shape the future of the marque with contemporary, graceful and sensuous styling. It will deliver effortless, open-top touring through the perfect marriage of modern Rolls-Royce luxury, style and elegance with an engaging and exhilarating driving experience.

Speaking from the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “I am truly delighted to confirm today the development of our new model which will open an exciting new chapter in the great story of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. We are currently developing an exciting and thoroughly contemporary interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer which will introduce even more discerning men and women to Rolls-Royce ownership.”

Peter Schwarzenbauer, Chairman of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, welcomed the announcement saying, “The announcement of a new Rolls-Royce model is always a seminal moment in the automobile industry. When it arrives in 2016, this elegant and sensuous new car will build on the success of our current models and will play a key part in fulfilling Rolls-Royce Motor Car’s commitment to long-term sustainable growth.”

The new car is currently undergoing a rigorous process of prototype testing as it enters its next stage of development.