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2018 Antiyita International Motor Show


Kasai - Press Day

The first, and latest, car in our list, is our Kasai Calibri. As previously mentioned, the Calibri is our first city car with a hybrid electric system installed.

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It’s The Future That You Can Afford.

The Kasai Calibri is the perfect choice for someone who is still skeptical about the whole “hybrid electric vehicles are expensive” mindset. With a starting price from $20,000, the Calibri is very cheap to own, maintain, and love. What’s more, with our 3-year free service and parts warranty coverage (provided that you don’t tamper with the internals whatsoever), we can assure you that you won’t be left stranded nor disappointed for too long when it eventually does break down at the side of the road.

More than Capable of Hypermiling.

Amidst the ever-increasing global gasoline prices, we understand the need for a very fuel-efficient vehicle in big cities like Antiyita. Using the hybrid system in the smartest way possible, the Calibri is able to reach up to 3 L/100 km of combined fuel economy.

Being Green Doesn’t Have to Mean It’s Lean.

Powered by the HT4i turbocharged engine, the Calibri on itself can do 0-100 km/h in under 10 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 km/h. That’s more than enough for in-city usage, and enough still to overtake cars in the highway.

Reliable, Inside and Out.

The Calibri is clad in all-aluminium shell, both on body and frame, no longer making rust a problem to worry about. The electric motor has a rated reliability of 100,000 kilometers, and the engine can virtually go for a long time.

Drive Easy, Live Easier.

We do put a big emphasis on drivability in the Calibri. Fitted with two mufflers, double wishbone suspension at the front and multilink suspension at the rear, the Calibri provides the level of silence and comfort that makes you forget the fact that you are not driving in an expensive luxury car. Until you park and get out of the car, that is.

…And Many Other Features that Make All the Differences.

We do not forget the small details that make the Calibri a well-equipped modern car. Touch screen, lane and proximity sensors on all sides, cruise control, reverse camera, and many others are all standard features in the Calibri.

That is all from us for today. Thank you for your time.


@Knugcab I noticed the mirrors was not present my mistake lol


Farox Aerio test drives are now open!
Have fun, guys! Message me for signups to test drive and review.

I apologize for the quality of the image; my skills aren’t great and it was really tough to find a picture that worked haha



We’re reintroducing the superwagon from the 90s, the Lifestyler. And it’s still the superwagon, but now for the 20s. And no, we did not go crossover, that was a hoax. We didn’t go FWD either. But we went with transverse engine this time, because this may form the base for crossovers in the future, may they be FWD or AWD.

And in times when most manufacturers are downsizing their engines, we still believe that the average Lifestyler buyer WANTS the smoothness of an inline six, like in the past. So we have developed a brand new inline six for this one, compact enough to fit in transverse applications, and it’s modular so it will be developed into 3, 4 and maybe even 5 cylinder units in the future.

We also believe that the buyer wants a 6 speed manual transmission like in its glory days, so that’s what he will get. With turbocharging, direct injection, VVT and VVL, the 2798 cc all aluminium inline six has a power output of 302 hp @ 6200 RPM and a torque of 429 Nm @ 3200 RPM, managing an average fuel economy of 8 litres per 100 km. And as stated before, it is AWD, with a 48F/52R split and a geared LSD. Inside, you have things like real carbon fiber panels, heavily contoured bucket seats and a premium infotainment system. ESC and launch control are standard equipment, as are a complete package of safety equipment and we can promise a 5 star Euro-NCAP rating. Active suspension is standard too (struts up front and multilink in the rear) for an even safer and more comfortable ride.

The versatility combined with the performance and rough-road capabilities was what made the original lifestyler popular among its owners back in the day. A 988 litre loadspace and a fair amount of ground clearance for its class is what makes this car follow the path set by its ancestors. Prices before markup will start at $35983.

For journalists requesting a test drive, we have some test cars parked outside that we gladly hand over the keys to. More from IP to be revealed soon.


TSR in press day 1!

We promised a lot of things for the TSR Taikan. We’re delivering it now! On the press day 1, we’re going to explain to you all you need to know about the 2019 3rd generation Taikan. And now, the Taikan is revealed!

2019 TSR Taikan GTR shown in TSR Exclusive Red Mauve Mica

The Taikan is small. Its wheelbase is 2.35m and its length is 4.05m. One of the main advantage of that is agility and weight. Weight because it uses less metal which also reduces carbon footprint and thus, saving the environment

The Taikan certainly look aggressive with its thicc LED strips on the front, a futuristic rear-end and the beautifully shaped wing mirrors.

Currently, the base model (GT), is 2891 lb. That weight is due to the use of aluminium everywhere from the body panels, the chassis, the wheels (optional magnesium wheels available) and the interior trim (optional carbon fibre trim available too) That weight makes the Taikan able to do 17 mpg (Taikan GT with 7-Speed DCT). Pretty good considering you have a 2.0 litre turbocharged V6 at the back.

Like we mention before, the TSR Taikan only have 1 engine option, the 2.0 litre turbocharged V6. The GT is able to produce 303 HP and 237 lb-ft of torque while the currently top-of-the-line GTX and GTX-R producing 352 HP and 265 lb-ft of torque. The NR5 version will be confirmed but it will be for the 2020 model year.

This is the Taikan’s forte. Because of the use of pushrod suspension, we’re able to do 1.14g on the GT and 1.20g on the GTX-R.

Made from high-quality aluminium that is very strong, it makes the Taikan a very durable car with the most durable being the GT.

The Taikan has a sport+ mode that opens the exhaust valves. Then, you can hear the engine screaming and in a good way. You’ll hear lots of BOV noises and the turbo spooling.

The Taikan has always been very sporty. The weight, agility, power and grip are combined to shout sportiness.

The GT has a drag coefficient of 0.269 cd on VMax mode in the GT.

So much to talk about here. Let’s start the list. VVL (Variable Valve Lift), VVT-AC
(Variable Valve Timing in All Cams), Turbocharging, bypass exhaust valve, torque-vectoring AWD, E-diff (electronic differential), ride experience selection (Pleasant, Sport, Sport+, VMax), active downforce, active cooling flaps, TSR Electronic Aids package 3 (standard, contains ESC, ABS and TC, only on GT), TSR Electronic Aids package 4 (contains ESC, ABS, TC and LC, GT not available), and optional HUD. The future is here.

All the important mechanical things have been kept. Things like steering and throttle are still mechanical, keeping the fun. On the GT, you can have a 6-speed manual as an option. The others, you can still have the option of a manual on the TSR exclusive customer program ®.

Price list

A: Trim
B: Model year
C: Engine displacement
D: Horsepower (in HP)
E: Torque (in lb-ft)
F: Fuel Consumption (in mpg (US))

NOTE: RSE stands for Rally Safari Edition

Enjoy more pictures:

Wanna have a test-drive? PM us for more info



Montes X90: the first Montes SUV

We are proud to present the first SUV of the brand. The X90.

(Exclusive Edition trim shown)

During the development, to be able to detach ourselves from the competition, we have placed emphasis on these four points: offroad capabilities, comfort, luxury, and an elegant design.

That mid-size 5-door luxury SUV, it uses the same aluminum plattform as the T90. An stiff and lightweight plattform.

The X90 is available, at the moment, in four trims (Premium, Luxury, Exclusive and MRP), and five engines (two 3.0 turbo, two v8: a 4.5 and 5.9; both biturbo, and a 5.8 v12 biturbo). All engines uses the SCHI technology, and the 4.5, 3.0 and 5.8, could be found on the T90.

The only gearbox available is a 8-speed ZF 8HP Series. Providing a smooth ride, with good performance a mileage. On a future, it will come a Montes 9-Speed gearbox, co-developed with Aisin.

And, like the T90, all the trims features a 48v mild hybrid system, to improve the low-end performance both emissions and fuel consumption.



Is the basic trim, and it comes with 19" alloy wheels, 5-seats, heated and cooled front seats, electric variable assist steering wheel, digital HUD, Montes Security Premium Pack, and adaptative air suspension. And AWD, of course. All that, as standard equipment.

Available with two inline-6 engines: a 3.0 with 310hp, and a 3.5 with 340hp.


On that trim, you can find only a 4.5 twinturbo V8, with 430hp.

It includes the same as the premium, plus 20" alloy wheels, 4-seat option, heated, cooled and with massage all-seats, Montes Ultimate Security Pack, active hydropneumatic suspension (piloted, and self-leveling), and Connoly leather for the seats, dashboard, and doors.

The car has a RADAR on the front, that reads the road, and combined with the yaw and steering sensor, adjusts each wheel suspension individually, to provide a smooth as silk ride.


The top trim, it features a 5.8 biturbo V12, with 570hp. Incredibly smooth!

It includes the Montes Customization programm, that you can customize a lot of details of the car, like custom leather, seams and seatbelt colour, body paint, and a large etcetera.

That trim it features a hand-built interior.

Price list (starts from)

X90 3.0 310 Premium: $55.566
X90 3.5 340 Premium: $60.024
X90 4.5 430 Luxury: $69.429
X90 5.8 570 Exclusive: $98.484

If you want to book it for a test drive, at the Montes stand, friendly sales people will attend you without problems.

And, we are developing a MRP version. But a bit different…

Montes Cars - Enjoy Driving

…Meanwhile, over at the Wentworth Booth

MY18 Wentworth Womble


Two seater Roadster inspired by the post-war era Wentworth’s which this company was founded upon. 2018 sees the Wentworth brand expand into Antiyita for the first time.

  • All aluminium, 2 seat Roadster
  • Basic interior and basic infotainment
  • 6 speed DCT w/ vented brakes at each corner
  • 126Kw In-line four powers the rear wheels
  • Uses 10.2L per 100Km, consumes 91RON fuel


  • 0/100Km/h in 6.55 sec
  • Quarter mile dispatched in 14.94 sec
  • Top speed of 211Km/h

Driveaway price of $20,990

Thankyou for visiting the Wentworth Motors, MY18, Womble reveal!


2019 Zenshi Seiryu

The Seiryu returns and receives a facelift for the 2019 model year, along with various improvements within the performance, inside and out.

S Model shown in Sunriser Yellow

Before, the Zenshi and Cavallera versions were similar in appearance amongst one another. With the redesign, it’s much easier to tell which one is which, with both cars having a character representing their own respective brands. With the Zenshi version, it gives off a very sporty and aggressive vibe within its presence.

Inside, the materials are a bit better in terms of touch and comfort, but comfort isn’t exactly the top priority with the Seiryu. It’s road performance. With the addition of some amenities such as an infotainment system and additional interior materials, the new Seiryu is slightly heavier, but don’t let the additional few kg let your expectations down.

The 300 HP Cavallera 2.0L Turbocharged I4 engine has been improved as well, cranking out a similar amount of power to it’s original 2017 counterpart, but delivers it much more efficiently fuel wise. The result? An insane 45 average MPG.

With the Seiryu, one can challenge the road and not lose without a fight. Expect the 2019 models to hit the showroom floors later on in the year.

Auto Shanghai 2019

2019 Conqueror XCL Concept

Based upon the Conqueror Cairo Platform, the XCL is a look at a possible next stage for the development of the Conqueror Lineup. The XCL, or “Crossover Coupe Luxury”, is the first shown candidate for production, however not exactly in this form.

This concept features a top-of-the-line Luxury interior and heads-up-display, allowing for an immersive experience with the road. The XCL also features the highly economical V12 from the Verbier P, allowing for a smooth ride, with little need to care for the economy you reach.

With smooth comfort the only requirement, the XCL sits as the peak in how a Conqueror should drive. If it would go to markets in this condition, it would be selling in excess of US$100,000.

Test Drives are available to Media personnel.

Thank you, and have a good Auto Show.


Ceder Antiyita International Motor Show 2018 Stand.

2019 Ceder Friala MKVI

Since the launch of the MK5 Friala in 2009 and updated 5.5 in 2015 the 5th series has been crying out for a successor. The MK6 fully utilises our range of OpenSky engines with them being the only available engines in the line-up.

The OpenSky Inline 3 and 4 engines [Available to see as cut-away models tomorrow] featured in the new Friala are available in 1.0, 1.4 and 1.7 litre engine capacities all featuring a turbo charger, each engine produces 170hp, 135hp and 100hp achieving 57, 60 and 63 UK MPG respectively using the 6-speed manual gearbox.

Both the 1.4 and 1.7 engines are also available with an AirShift™ 7 Speed Automatic Transmission or 7 Speed DCT, the 1.0 3 cylinder is only available with the 6-speed manual gearbox.

Unlike the previous generation the sixth generation Friala comes with all round independent suspension like all generations, bar the fifth, previously, utilising Macpherson struts at the front and double wishbones at the rear. This set-up allows for sporty and capable handle whilst still retaining comfort and on-road security.

Keeping the balance between safety and low weight was a priority during the design and the use of lightweight AHS steel and a variety of aluminium panels has allowed for superior fuel economy and improved safety from the previous generation.

Tomorrows Schedule :

  • Display of cut-away OpenSky engines.
  • Full showing of the 2018MY Mirri updated with new design language.



IP Heritage center has its own little corner of the monter too. For all you drivers of classic IP Cars, the Heritage center is your friend wheter it comes to getting an oil filter or doing a ground up restoration (which we actually are doing all the time with customers cars, restoring them to correct factory standards).

We have brought two cars with us.

The first one is the IP FreEVay star concept. In a venom green 1972 Freeway Star, we have replaced the 1300 cc LEE engine with a 99 hp electric motor. Keeping up with the performance of the original, this is now a zero emissions vehicle, allowed to be driven in zones in cities that are banning combustion engine cars. It is, of course, fully restored, and it has gotten a new custom leather interior with more modern seats and seatbelts, infotainment system and everything you may want. But this is not just a fun experiment with a classic, it also shows many of the solutions that will be in IPs electric vehicles of the future.

The second one is the first IP Royalist that was ever produced, the one that was given to king Paoyanak the third at his crowning in 1954. As many of you may know, it was heavily damaged after the unsuccesful revolt against the king in 1985, the royal house switched to more bomb proof vehicles and Royalist #1 was hidden and forgotten. Until a couple of years ago, when the Heritage center got the mission to restore it to its former glory.

The result is here, one could almost not believe that this car almost was bombed to smithereens once upon a time, the restoration is done to 100% factory standards, nothing is left unrestored but nothing is done too perfect either. It will now be given back to the royal family of Mamaya for their private collection of vehicles.

So what do we say here? Definitely “look but don’t touch”…and maybe the car with the most interesting back story at this show? :wink:


As the last attendants arrived, the lights were turned off and this song started playing.


AL Autos Booth @ Antiyita International Motor Show 2018 (Press Day 1/2)


Hello one and all! Welcome to the AL Autos Booth here at the 2018 Antiyita International Motor Show! We here at AL Autos are continuing the release of our brand new lineup!

Here with us today are the top performing cars in our lineup! In addition to these 2 models, AL Autos is proud to announce the debut of our specialized performance division, the Draconis Tuning Division or DTD for short. DTD is dedicated to giving our cars some extra spice. Let us get down to business shall we?

The 2018 AL Autos Erucae (Trims Shown: RGS, RGS2, RGS3, and RGS DTD)

Video Presentation

Performance Stats


If there are any journalists wanting to test drive the Erucae, contact me for details!

That’s it for our first press day! Stay tuned for the release of the fully redesigned AL Autos Actio!

AL Autos Official: News Update (2/9/2020): We're On Our Way Back!
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I was once the annoying kid that was running around town on my bicycle, begging for different types of advertising material at all the car dealers. Brochures, stickers, baseball caps, you name it. One thing I really do remember was that the local Farox dealer was one of the friendliest, gladly giving me everything I was asking for.

Back then, the Aerio was kind of a square and, to be fair, bland design. Until one day. In 1997 when I first saw the by then new generation of Aerio, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The shoebox was replaced by a sleek beauty and I was overwhelmed by how great it looked. And not only that, one day the salesman offered me to sit down in the drivers seat (of course inside the showroom), and I kind of was in heaven, I thought that nicer cars than this would never be produced.

Now, 21 years later, I have driven lots of cars as an automotive journalist (including all previous generations of Farox Aerio), and to be fair, the 1997 Aerio was a bit of a so-so car in its class. It had its flaws (heavy front end plowing in the turns, weak brakes) that a 11 year old really couldn’t tell by just having a seat. But still, it’s like if history repeats itself. Except for the fact that I am now 32 years old, I am at the Antiyita international motor show, and the people in the Farox monter are just as nice and helpful as the people working in my local Farox dealership in the 90s, and that they are the first to offer me to sit down in a car. In a brand new Farox Aerio. Except that this time, I will actually be allowed to test drive it for real and not just in my fantasy.

The trim I am testing is the 2.3T which probably will be the most interesting for Sweden. It has a 260 hp 2.3 litre inline turbo four, with its roots in 2004 but that was very advanced for its time. It’s said to be expensive to produce though, and I’m sure that the almost 80s style turbo lag is something that won’t please every buyer in this class.

The engine is mated to an 8 speed automatic that seems to be suitable for the engine, giving good driving comfort and fuel economy. The handling, as far as I could tell from the first short test trip, seems to be good. The car is easy to drive and the heavy front end plowing of some of the earlier generations is not noticeable, despite still being a front wheel drive car. The brakes are also up to the task, and of course in a modern car, there is ESC in case something goes wrong. It feels safe and secure on the road, shortly speaking.

However, we leave it to independent crash testing to prove if it is as safe and secure in a crash. There is rapid development in this era all the time, and Farox ain’t up to the level of some competitiors, at least when it comes to equipment.

Speaking of equipment, except for in the safety area, there is about what you can expect of a vehicle in this class. Nothing extravagant, but everything you need and a little bit more, and a decent infotainment system. The seating comfort is good but you should keep in mind that this car is only a four seater. Larger families have to stay away from the Aerio.
Farox cars often are much more biased towards comfort than sportiness, that’s true for the new generation Aerio too. The suspension soaks up bumps but is almost a little bit wallowy, and there’s not much of a sporty feeling. However, in an era when everything should have a rock hard “sports suspension” and low profile tyres, we’re sure that there is lots of people that will appreciate that Farox is refusing to give in for that. At least the performance is on the sporty side with a 0-100 time of 6.55 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/h. It doesn’t hamper fuel economy either, 7 litres per 100 km is acceptable in a car this size with 260 hp.

Is the Farox Aerio going to be a strong seller in its class? Well the price may not be dirt cheap but it is affordable, the vehicle doesn’t have any really weak points, it may not be a class leader in anything from what I could tell from my short test drive, but it seems to have its points. So I would say yes. Unless the pre-markup price of $24507 will skyrocket before reaching Sweden or if independent crash testing will put the car in the deathtrap category. But if you want my guess, that ain’t going to happen.

And whatever will happen, its looks is as beautiful now as it did some generations ago in 1997. And beauty sells cars. But from what I could tell after my short test drive, this beauty has brains too. Expect a more complete test when the first cars are arriving in Sweden.


At least on paper, the Calibri is hot stuff at the moment. An affordable little hybrid, that can get 3l/100 km figures, with performance figures that are dangerously close to hot hatches of the past, that’s what every manufacturer needs at the moment. And of course, taste is something that differs between people, but I often hear “why do environmental friendly cars have to be so ugly”, and I think that the looks of the Calibri will appeal to most of the crowd that is sceptical for reasons like that.
One first surprise is the very advanced construction, an all aluminium body and semi space frame is pure sports car technology that you don’t expect to find in this class. One warning though, collision damage might be expensive, which can lead to higher insurance costs than other cars in its class.

Even though assisted by the electric motor, an 129 hp 1.8 litre turbo engine is the main heart of the vehicle. Maybe it doesn’t sound very impressive, it was what some manufacturers got out of N/A 1.8 engines 20 years ago, but looking at the whole power band, it has a nice torque already from the bottom and is very gentle without hardly any turbo lag at all. The transition between gasoline and electric engine is going smooth and nice, the overall feeling of the driveline is very positive. Maybe a 5 speed automatic may sound a bit ancient today, but the gearing is perfectly suited to the car and its driveline, so I would not really call that a problem.

The car is very easy to drive, important for a city car, and the handling is adequate if you look at it as one, and not as a hot hatch. There is some heavy amounts of understeer when pressed hard, but probably the average Calibri will seldom see such situations. Maybe one would expect a better result with such advanced suspension systems, up front is double wishbone and in the rear a multilink axle. But they do give a nice comfort, the ride is great for such a small car. Not only that, it is very roomy too, especially for the passengers but even the luggage compartment is good, considering that the hybrid technology takes up some space and that the car isn’t really a beast to start with. Even the sound levels are low for its class, also when only the gasoline engine is running.

The brakes are only fair though, sure, probably they are adequate for stop and go traffic in a crowded city, but in an emergency situation we have seen better results. ESC is of course standard, as are a list of other safety features that is of normal standard in this class. It’s missing some of the latest safety technology, and a small car will never be as safe in a crash as a larger one if everything else is equal, but Kasai has at least given safety some attention, though independent crash test results is like always what will reveal the final results.

The interior is the large surprise, it has a very nice fit and finish, well thought out design, material choices you’d only expect in larger and more expensive cars, and there is lots of gizmos to play with. A decent infotainment system with built in GPS is standard too.
The Kasai Calibri is something of a premium car among the compact hybrids, and with the steadily rising fuel prices in Sweden, and many buyers realizing that you don’t have to carry along lots of steel to get a nice car, we expect this to have some success in the market when reaching the car showrooms of our country. And it would really be no surprise. It’s a really nice car in a nimble little package, let it be for a price that isn’t low for a supermini, we dare to say that someone looking for a nice compact hybrid, there is value for the money in this package.


Since the boss have more or less banned me from testing IPs, it’s always as fun to get my hands on one. But even with IPs I have to be fair, and since this might be the model that will replace Lady Leadfoots old 2000 Lifestyler, I really have to watch it with critical eyes.
Looking at it, I can really say that IP went conservative with their styling. Not that it has to be something bad, it was rather somewhat of a trademark of the old Lifestyler that it had somewhat of a sleeper look, but I get the feeling that this wouldn’t have looked extreme on a motor show in the mid 00s either.

There has been some worries about the Lifestyler. That it would become a crossover, FWD or 4-cylinder. It turned out that everything was wrong though and the all new inline six was of course interesting to have a first look at. The first impression is that it sounds like a Volvo BM 840 wheel loader from the 70s on idle… not exactly sporty, but maybe masculine and brutal, which might be what IP thinks their buyers want. However, giving 218 Nm already at 600 RPM and a peak of 429 Nm at 3200 RPM, and reaching peak power at 6200 RPM with 303 hp, this engine feels like it can pull mountains up from the ground.

Considering those figures, a top speed of 246 km/h and a 0-100 time of 6.2 seconds is maybe not so impressive, but the car is heavy, weighing in at a little over 2 tonnes. What’s more impressive is maybe that the fuel consumtion of such a beast is as low as 8.2 litres per 100 km. Sure, it is far from impressive figures in todays world, but looking at the car stats one could easily believe that there would be no economy whatsoever.

A manual transmission in such a car is a brave movement, one has to be careful not to fry the clutch and the left leg easily gets tired. An automatic may be an option in future models, but since most buyers of the original Lifestyler went for manual, IP wanted to be true to their heritage, and I don’t blame them for that! The AWD system is, like before, biased towards the rear, and there is a geared LSD. I had no opportunity to test the system during harsh conditions, but I suppose it will work as well as the AWD in the original generations.

The car is biased towards oversteering, but you have to drive like a maniac to make it burst out. IP claims a lateral acceleration of 1.11 G, and I have no reason not to believe them. Also, the brakes are extraordinary, 33.2 metres to stop from 100 km/h is a result you have to be satisfied with. “Electric power steering” was for many years a word driving enthusiasts didn’t want to hear. However, nowadays they are good enough even for a car like this, the feeling in the steering wheel is as good as with any hydraulic unit, and turning the wheel around is very light, despite 265 (!) wide tyres, something that could not always be said about the old Lifestyler.

Active suspension is standard equipment, so are ESC (can be turned off, if you dare!) and launch control. Safety-wise, the equipment list is as long as a six year olds list of what he wants for christmas, and with the weight of over 2 tonnes on that, it probably is a tank when it comes to safety. IP promises 5 star Euro-NCAP rating and I see no reason not to believe them there.

The contoured sports seats might not be the ideal choice for a long trip but they sure gives good lateral support. The rest of the interior is also screaming that this is a car meant for spirited driving rather than cruising. The carbon fiber panels, the chubby little steering wheel with its flat bottom, the short but exact gear lever, it might not be the most cozy car you have been in, but it sure wakes up the speed demon inside you. If you get tired of listening to the engines tractor-like burbling, however, there is a decent sound system where especially the subwoofer impressed me. Blasting Rammstein and Raubtier in this beast while driving down some twisty mountain roads was an experience worth its name.

So, is the Lifestyler a good car? Technically, NO! It’s an overpriced, overweight, over-engined beast that is hard to handle, uncomfortable for its size and price, and totally unnecessary in all kind of ways. It’s a pure enthusiast car best suited for the few who wants a pure beast (in both good and bad ways) from an asian low-budget manufacturer, camouflaged into something that could be a family wagon from 10 years ago.

That’s why I guess that Lady Leadfoot will write to Santa about this as soon as she gets the test drive report. And that’s why I had a hard time to park the test car and get out of it.

Because just like with the old Lifestyler, I felt that my name was written on it.

  • Mats Hansen


The good news: It is still as physically large as ever, which is kind of bad news considering that this is a small world these days. But we at IMP think that all this size and weight are an advantage when done properly. The 2018 Monolith Jupiter is a classic station wagon built on the ever versatile “A” platform in homage to the american Carryalls and Suburbans of the 1930s. A truck frame means this behemoth is able to handle any practical task effortlessly. Naturally sporty driving is not one of those tasks, so we’ve removed the “S” from SUV and made an effortless utility vehicle. A Jupiter may be physically imposing, but this Wagon was not designed to frighten and impress, rather to make you feel at ease when driving. Driving the Jupiter is a comforting experience made possible by numerous factors. Comfortably knowing the sheer physical size means you’ll never run out of usable space. Comfortably knowing the superbly refined, quiet and powerful V12 engines have more than sufficient power for any driving situation and in combination with the smooth 8- or 9-speed Automatic transmission still allow for respectable fuel economy. Naturally the Jupiter’s V12 Diesel engines amplify these qualities to almost fantastical levels. Comfortably knowing the Jupiter could also take you to any remote part of the world should you specify the new Pro-G package.
So what has changed in this mid-cycle refesh? Few things. We’ve freshened up its looks, and rounded off the engine lineup with two entry level engines, a 5.7L Direct Injection V12 with 425hp and a 5.2L V12 Turbodiesel with 370hp, both paired to a new 9-speed automatic transmission, the IMP 985AE-M. The The Pro-G package is only available to these two lighter engines, the proven and dependable 7.6L Petrol V12 and 8.0L Diesel V12 remain unchanged.


Arriving at a new auto show is always somewhat exciting. With press day 1 coming to an end, here is a report on the day and what was exciting…and less exciting.

It began with me stepping almost into the Wentworth monter. And the Womble was a positive surprise. Totally free from unnecessary stuff to save weight, aluminium body and decent performance from its 175 hp four cylinder, it’s a real old school sports car for the remaining enthusiasts that is more interested in pure driving excitement than satnav and electric windows. What’s not to like? Maybe the somewhat cluttered rear end, but that’s a matter of taste.

The people at Farox was helpful and nice as always, and offered me to take a test drive in their new Aerio, which I did and which you read about earlier.

After coming back, the monter of IMP (Monolith) was the next place to visit. And I was right. The Jupiter really is a huge beast! And with V12 engines, it’s a SUV for the chosen few. Regular import to Sweden is probably nothing to dream about, but probably we’ll see a few grey market imports, for people that wants to be seen.

From a giant SUV to a sleek little coupé, the Taikan in the TSR monter seems more promising than it ever did in the preview pictures. Since I asked for a test drive, it is probably coming a test report soon.

Had some local specialities for lunch. Stomach did not approve.
After spending way too much time on a seat I wasn’t looking forward to use, it was time for a test drive of the Kasai Calibri, which you did read earlier.

In the Montes monter (clever, huh?) they showed what was said to be their first SUV. I’m sceptical, it looks almost like the IP Lifestyler that really is no SUV. Five engines will be available, from 3 to 5.9 liters, I was planning to ask for a test drive, but it appears that it was only for some specially invited journalists.
Getting to test drive a concept car is uncommon but some people from Conqueror was almost dragging me away from Montes and invited me for a test drive. I promise one soon!

Caliban is always a brand that is getting interest at motor shows. It was very crowded, but I managed to see their new predator after almost bumping into a drooling Gavin Anderson and having some small talk for a short while (not much time to spare for any of us during the press day). And it looks ace! And how does 600 hp, 0-100 in 3.3 seconds and 1.2G lateral acceleration sound? Yes, I could almost guess that, huh?

For some reason it was a bit more empty around the Zenshi monter, despite their awesome looking Seiryu sports car. 300 hp and promises that it will be very economical to run will always attract some customers.
Once again visiting the wrong seat before getting into the AL Autos monter. Once again promised a test drive of their insane RGS DTD, and I hope that I will be done with the food-induced problems before that test drive.
The Ceder Friala is looking even more promising than earlier, it seems to be a well thought out package that might be one of the better cars in its class. 3 or 4 cylinder turbo between 100 and 170 hp, 6-speed manual or 7-speed auto, a lightweight body that’s still strong and safe due to clever use of materials. Believe me. This one will be a strong seller.

And of course I did a visit in the IP monter. The Kingston Lifestyler was tested (report available) and when I was done with that I couldn’t help drooling over the BEAUTIFUL Mk1 Royalist, restored by their heritage center. Also the electric Freeway Star conversion was very interesting, showing that a classic actually can be geen more than paint-wise.

After a very calm afternoon it’s time to return to the hotel room, this is not the right time for wild parties or anything such, considering all the days that are left of the show.

All for now!
Mats Hansen


Merciel @ Anikatia 2018

A year ago, we unveiled the Corsaire, the culmination of 105 years of Merciel. This year, we’re making a special version of the Corsaire, the Corsaire Rafale

Stripped down to the bare minimum, the Rafale is lighter than the standard model by 250kg weighing in at 1466kg while making 525hp from the 3.5L i6 Turbo, 55hp more than the original.

The suspension has also been heavily tweaked and modified to allow for better handling. Other changes include new specially designed Piero Firebrand Tyres further improving handling.

All these changes make for a more thrilling ride round a track, while still being comfortable to live with. Oh and an average of 32 US MPG is always nice.

Expect the car to reach stores in January of next year retailing for $71,400.


A classic, Reborn. The Interval Concept is here.

The original Shromet Inerval was made famous for its innovation, and its bold strides to set itself apart from the sports coupes of the day, and thus, by looking to the past for inspiration, we were inspired to embrace the future by re-inventing the interval, this time with pure electric drive. With two rear mounted electric motors, the Interval concept produced 350Ft/lb of torque, and 300 Horsepower.
Both the body and chassis of the Interval concept are constructed entirely of aluminum, the Interval weighs under 1300kg. A predicted 0-60 time would be 4.5 Seconds. The Interval concept celebrates our electric achievements thus far, and our desire for more electric vehicles going forward, such as this.

The New 2019 Shromet Radiant E.

The Shromet Radiant E, with 190 Miles of range. Coming to dealerships internationally, the Radiant you know and love, with the electric power to save the planet. All from 28,550$


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2018 Turbina Alka

The new for 2018 Turbina Alka! Reviving a dead brand thanks to its partner Nervenkitzel Motor Company, this crazy 619 horsepower sedan/wagon can outrun sports cars double its price.

Alka RS - $36748

Shown in Rapid Red
Engine: Naturally aspirated 3.5 liter V8 with 328 hp and 240 ft-lb
Drivetrain: 7 speed DCT (auto+paddles), AWD
Interior: 5 premium quality seats, Nervenkitzel infotainment system
Performace: 0-60 in 5.8 seconds, top speed 155 mph (limited)
Economy: 25.3 mpg city, 43.2 mpg highway

Alka RS-T - $38658

Shown in Superb Blue with RS-T accents
Engine: Twin-turbocharged 3.5 liter V8 with 470 hp and 434 ft-lb
Drivetrain: 7 speed DCT (auto+paddles), AWD
Interior: 5 premium quality seats, Nervenkitzel infotainment system
Performance: 0-60 in 4 seconds, top speed 155 mph (limited)
Economy: 25.4 mpg city, 40.8 mpg highway

Alka RS-T Predvoj - $38658

Shown in Garde Black with RS-T accents
Engine: Twin-turbocharged 3.5 liter V8 with 470 hp and 434 ft-lb
Drivetrain: 7 speed DCT (auto+paddles), AWD
Interior: 5 premium quality seats, Nervenkitzel infotainment system
Performance: 0-60 in 4 seconds, top speed 155 mph (limited)
Economy: 25 mpg city, 39.6 mpg highway

Alka NK8 - $44960

Shown in Yeti White
Engine: Twin-turbocharged 4 liter V8 with 619 hp and 475 ft-lb
Drivetrain: 7 speed DCT (auto+paddles), AWD
Interior: 5 premium quality seats, Nervenkitzel infotainment system
Performance: 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, top speed 196 mph
Economy: 12.2 mpg city, 17.3 mpg highway

Alka NK8 Predvoj - $44960

Shown in Kodiak Aurora Metallic
Engine: Twin-turbocharged 4 liter V8 with 619 hp and 475 ft-lb
Drivetrain: 7 speed DCT (auto+paddles), AWD
Interior: 5 premium quality seats, Nervenkitzel infotainment system
Performance: 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, top speed 192 mph
Economy: 12.1 mpg city, 17.1 mpg highway

North American International Auto Show 2019

Cant wait to hear your thoughts on it!

Just an fyi: full car name is the AL Autos Erucae (Trim: RGS DTD)