You can drive in narrow streets, tight corners easily…
That is not what that means
“Capable of Anything” by Ben Folds begins playing.
However, the name Hokuto doesn’t necessarily mean ‘luxury’ or ‘premium.’ With cars getting more and more competitive, budgets rising and the quality of materials going up on low end cars, we feel like we have more to give you. Let’s be honest, no one is buying a Futaba CLE for the luxury experience, for the smooth engine and high tech infotainment.
That doesn’t mean that we can’t play ball in that segment.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s our pleasure to reveal to you the all new Axuma SF and DSF!
When we said “something big,” you expected the size of the vehicles to be quite large. You couldn’t have been more wrong… we meant a whole new brand and a whole new market!
Where are we planning to take this? Well, look at the exterior… the quality of panel fitment and the quality of the fixtures. Look at the interior, and notice the bespoke attention to detail found only in vehicles that command a much higher price tag than a Hokuto Excella CXE, or an Aria SR.
Japanese luxury cars, until this point, are really only great in some areas. You can have fantastic design and legendary reliability, but not really the side of sportiness many people would like with their cup of comfort tea. Or you can have cool design, and a great powertrain, but the infotainment is awful. Axuma aims to best the Germans once and for all, by providing you the wonderful convenience, tech, and driving pleasure of the competition from Deutschland, but the distinct Japanese interior and exterior, along with the bulletproof durability we’ve become known for.
Now at this point, you all know Axuma is going to be the luxury sibling to Hokuto. Nevertheless, it is important to note that the two will be very different from one other. The SF and DSF sit on the Hokuto Global Luxury (HGL) platform, shared with no other car in the markets it will be sold. Now how about the cars?
The Axuma SF
The Axuma SF is a premium E-Segment vehicle. It sits on a 116.5 inch wheelbase, which is among the very longest of its class. Don’t let that scare you however, as the entire car is only 191 inches long, making it the shortest, and without compromising interior room.
As for materials, the HGL architecture utilizes glued aluminium alloy, making it both very light and very durable. Double wishbones are tucked into either corner in the front, and are complemented by 5-link suspension in the rear.
Under the carbon fibre hood lies 2 engine choices. A twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 powers the SF 6t, seen here in the Crystal Merlot red color. It offers up 325 horsepower and 358 lb-ft of torque. This may not be the most power, but it delivers best in class 6-cylinder fuel economy, as it’s rated at 23 city and 33 highway MPG.
If you prefer your engines naturally aspirated, you may like the award-winning Farox 5.0L V8 we have stored in the SF 8s, shown here in Matte Chrome silver. It makes 400 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque. This engine has the capability to shove you to 60 mph in under 5.5 seconds. All engines are paired to an 8-speed automatic sourced from Farox, meaning best in the business. Proven reliable, smooth and quick shifts, and very responsive to the touch.
Inside sits 5 seats, with a traditional analog gauge cluster and analog clock gracing the center stack. The goal here was traditional luxury, with a modern flare - it still offers all the modern safety and convenience tech you’d find in the competitors. It has an 8-inch screen between the silver-backed gauges, and a 10.8 inch AxuMedia screen laying landscape in the dashboard. Real buttons are used for your HVAC and climatized seats. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the range, as is Bluetooth connectivity. The car even comes with a 1-year subscription to SiriusXM radio. Blind spot monitoring, 360o camera, parking sensors, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, you name it. If it’s a feature to keep your car on the road and as safe as possible, it’s here in your Axuma.
The Axuma DSF
What would a luxury brand these days be like without an SUV? The DSF sits on the same HGL architecture as its sedan sister. It utilizes the exact same engine and transmission options, with the DSF 6t and DSF 8s, displayed in Star White and Pitch Black respectively. The wheelbase has been shortened to allow better for better maneuvering at lower speeds, to help make up for the greater total vehicle length compared to the Axuma SF.
The new AxuMedia user interface is here on the same 10.8-inch screen as the SF, along with all of the equipment you expect. The only difference is that the DSF is wrapped in a more utilitarian package.
Future Plans for Axuma
The first Axuma models will go on sale in late 2019 for the 2020 model year. The factories are currently being built, and are expected to be done by the fall. We have 3 more models that we will be showing in the future, and a full lineup can be expected as well. As far as dealerships go, we will be expanding half of our current Hokuto showrooms to include the Axuma nameplate. A more upscale appearance will follow.
Thank you for joining us tonight, it’s been nearly six years in the making to plan this and we could not be happier. The cars will be up here on display for the rest of the show, and reviewers are more than welcome to schedule test drives with our pre-production models.
The Old 'Kuto Thread
Axuma Automotive - SF Executive Sedan *Reboot*
All of our most advanced safety feature are standard with Shromet Vision. Because there is simply nothing more important than you, your passengers, and those around you. Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), all standard.
All models come as standard with leather upholstery and a large panoramic sunroof, with optional heated steering wheel, armrests, and rear seats, to create a premium atmosphere befitting of a luxury driver. New for 2020 is our 10.5" digital instrument cluster, with the ability to display important driver information such as navigation and night vision.
Standard is the Shromet Modular 3L inline 5 Cylinder engine, with power ranging from 340 horsepower to 380 horsepower, as well as our 3.6L Inline 6, with power ranging from 430 horsepower to 530 horsepower.
Pricing starts from $45,000, visit the shromet website or your local dealer for more information on the 2020 Shromet Strasser.
Murasaki Automotive is proud to introduce its first international model on this special ocassion.
So far keeping most of their cars on their home land, with exception of few models that are also sold in europe, this will be a big step for MA.
The company plans to reveal more information when everything is ready, but for what we know now, the model, called Akari will make its debut with style.
We already have specs of this “Akari”.
Power comes from a five-litre naturally aspirated V10 made by the company’s engine division SNB JidōKo. It will make 580 horsepower at the wheels. Thanks to this power unit, Akari gets to 60 mph in 2,8 seconds, and its top speed is estimated between 190 and 195 miles per hour.
What however makes Akari special is its drivetrain layout, a Mid Transverse mounted engine sending power to all four wheels.
Before Murasaki makes its official big reveal, enjoy a little tease of what is coming.
Kyoki Pandora will be Kyoki Motorsports production model starting from 2019.And today,we will introduce her to our fellow car enthusiasts!
Kyoki Pandora is powered by a Turbo-charged 4.5L V8 which produces 690Hp and 750Nm Maximum.This allows Pandora to be lightling fast in speed!Pandora also uses the same transmission and AWD system as the Raider X.You can set it to RWD for ultimate excitement or automatic power distribution to set records on different track around the world or have a wonderful and comfortable driving experience!
Pandora also features extreme aerodynamics!The giant lip at the front,massive diffuser at the rear and active wing can either achieve excellent corning and smooth drag.Pandora also uses a lot of vents in order to cool down the beast insides.Vents at the top of the car also generates more downforce,if needed.
Finally,massive use of carbon fibre and further improvement of suspension tuning allowing Pandora weighs only 1413kg while still offering quality interior!10 high-end speaker,voice-controlled infotainment system,50mb built in wifi connection,14-inch touch screen,etc.No corners are cut!We offered best of the best for our customers!
Price of Pandora starts from $175000.You can order now at our website.First Pandora is excepted to be ship out around September this year.A milder version is excepted to come out later with less Hp and more comfortable suspension tuning.Stay tuned!
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2019 GEC GD20 Range: Made for Your Head And Your Heart
GEC is proud to present its latest mid-sized family sedan, the GD20, at NAIAS 2019. Here’s a rundown of the three trims on offer for this model. All prices are in AMU and include a 10% markup.
1.8: Built with the eco-warrior in mind, this entry-level trim retails for $18623 and is powered by a highly efficient 1.8L turbocharged inline-four sending 151 horsepower to the front wheels. It comes standard with 16-inch wheels wrapped in low-rolling-resistance tires, with 17-inch wheels being optional.
GEC GD20 1.8 shown in Evergreen Metallic.
2.0: The midrange trim gets a 2.0L turbocharged inline-four developing 200 horsepower and comes standard with 17-inch wheels shod in all-season tires, with 18-inch alloys available as an option. Prices for the 2.0 start at $19165.
GEC GD20 2.0 shown in Ultramarine Metallic.
2.0 Sport AWD: At $22,270, this is the flagship of the range, with a 281-horsepower version of the 2.0L engine running on 95 RON premium unleaded (all other trims require 91 RON regular unleaded) and driving all four wheels. Comes standard with limited-slip differential, llarger brake discs, high-performance tires and 18-inch gunmetal-finish alloy wheels; adaptive dampers are optional but are exclusive to this trim level. Launch control is also an exclusive feature on this trim.
GEC GD20 2.0 Sport AWD shown in Aubergine Metallic.
Wagon: All three trims are also available as five-door wagons, for those who want extra practicality without resorting to a crossover or SUV. Trim shown below is 1.8 in Bordeaux Metallic.
Equipment common to all trims includes the following:
Six-speed manual transmission (eight-speed automatic transmission available at no extra cost)
Driver, passenger, knee, side and curtain airbags (10 in total), automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning system, blind spot monitoring, reversing camera, stability and traction control (both fully defeatable), adaptive cruise control… all the safety gear you’d expect from a car of this size comes standard.
8-inch touchscreen with wireless connectivity, Apple Carplay and Android Auto support (9.5-inch touchscreen optional as part of Premium Tech Pack, which costs $1500, and also replaces standard instrument panel with 12.5-inch screen). Both systems come with physical knobs and buttons for infotainment, navigation and HVAC functions as a backup for the touchscreen.
All trims come with high-grade cloth upholstery, with genuine Nappa leather being offered as part of the Premium Comfort Pack ($2500).
60/40 split/fold rear seats ensure that extra-large items can be accommodated with ease, especially on wagons.
Metallic paint available at no extra cost.
About the GEC GD20’s positioning as a crossover/SUV alternative:
“Today’s new-car market has so many SUVs and crossovers across such a wide variety of sizes and price ranges that it might as well be approaching saturation point, if it hasn’t gotten there already. With this in mind, we designed the GD20 to be a smart alternative to crossovers and SUVs. Its lower profile and lack of weight compared to an equivalent SUV pays dividends in performance and economy, without sacrificing too much practicality in the process. We understand that there will still be people buying conventional cars, as long as there is a market for them, but we must keep them affordable in order for them to remain viable. Thus, to amortize costs, we will sell the GD20 not just in North America, but also in Europe, Asia, and Australia, albeit with specific chassis tunes for each region. And the fact that all three trims are available as sedans or wagons gives buyers more choices no matter what the trim.”
- Denny Walsh, GEC Lead Product Planner
On the comfort-oriented tune of the standard models and the development of the Sport AWD trim:
“Most cars today are compromised by oversized wheels. They not only add weight, but also make the ride unnecessarily harsher than it should be. Thus, the standard wheels for the 1.8 and 2.0 are 16 and 17 inches in diameter, respectively, with 50-section tires. Combined with softer damper and spring settings, it makes you feel like you’re riding on a cloud compared with rivals with bigger wheels. Even the Sport AWD comes with modestly sized 18-inch wheels and 45-section tires. Speaking of which, we retuned the suspension on that model to provide a more invigorating drive when you’re pushing it, while retaining much of the compliance found on lesser trims. And unlike those, it comes with an LSD for better traction off the line and through the corners - even with AWD, 280 horsepower can overwhelm an open diff at times. In short, whether you’re looking for comfort, economy or sportiness, there’s a trim to suit everyone.”
- Frank Nash Jr., GEC Powertrain and Chassis Calibration
Today we wanna show you, what our International racing team is cooking up!
We are gladly presenting: The AGT1 DeerAndHunt Fallow Silhouette Car!
While our european Devision is working on the Suspension and the Chassis, our Devision here is working to get every last bit of power out the Twin Turbo Pushrod V16.
Yes you heard right. We are aiming to race our trusty Pushrod Engine System you love to adore in our Trucks. And that also inspired us to style the vehicle after our current truck lineup, using the head-and taillight clusters also on this. We also used the same front grill for that distinctiv look
At the moment we are still on the hunt for better horsepower figures and laptimes. But we are ensuring you that this will be quick, loud and a lot of fun. We will provide more information as soon as testing has concluded. See you on the race track!
For more information follow our social medias!
The Leviathan Motor Company has brought back the perfect union between luxury, performance, technology and heritage. Starting with a turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4, the Tempest delivers 251 hp to the rear wheels. The GT and S models are both fitted with 324 hp 3.0L Boxer-6 engines. All models come standard with a 7-speed DCT.
With striking new styling, the Tempest stands out among a crowd of sports cars. Just as much care went into the design of the interior to create a comfortable place to be, even when pushing the car to its limits. Inside, leather seats shaped to hold the driver in and elegant aluminum touches adorn a feature rich interior for a car this size. The infotainment system is designed to be as quick as possible to keep attention to the driving experience. A new HUD system derived from the prestigious Megalodon is optional for the Tempest and comes standard with the GT. Active suspension ensures a smooth ride for the driver while maintaining road feel. All models have a retractable hardtop that can operate in under 14 seconds.
The base model accelerates 0-62 mph in 5 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 149 mph. The S model can reach 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and go up to 162 mph. The Tempest can sustain 1.2 g’s around corners.
The Inline-4 Tempests make a combined 29.8 mpg while the Boxer-6 versions make 27-28 mpg combined.
LMC will return in Geneva, see you there.
Let us start with a question.
What is better than one of our cars on the international market?
Two of them.
You were shown a preview of one of our cars earlier, but we have a surprise for you.
Both Akari and Yasai will be entering the market as of 1.2.2019.
Both of them come equipped with our latest technologies. SNB JidoKo engines, KamaTec, or even parts from Neon Dragon already on the base models.
Let’s have a look on the individual cars.
2019 Murasaki Akari
Akari comes from fifth generation of our Bravo platform, and brings many innovations, hopimg to set a new quality standard for supercars and hypercars alike.
The V8 from previous generation was replaced by a V10, which is now mounted Transversly, creating unique, and extremely efffective drivetrain layout.
- The new “VRIAD10” engine makes 580 horsepower and is coupled with our lightning fast seven-speed DCT transmission that ensures constant power delivery and accelerates the car to 62 mph in breathtaking 2.8 seconds, with estimated top speed being between 190 and 195 mph.
While guys at SNB were making the engine, Neon Dragon got busy with the interior.
While you are enjoying the sound of their specially designed exhaust system, you are seated in their sporty interior made of Alcantra, Carbon Fibre, and brushed Aluminium.
This detailed, yet lightweight interior makes sure you are comfortable and safe even when Akari hits her top speed.
The Akari is priced between $80 000 and $95 000 depending on extra options, and will feature two special editions, both of them limited.
“A picture perfect face, with a wild in my veins”
2019 Murasaki Yasai
Yasai, a SUV based on our time-proven Delta platform, makes its return after nearly twelve years to (once again) give you the best of what automotive industry can offer.
Making the new Yasai required us to start nearly from scratch, and we can say the result will suprass even its legendary predcessor.
A capable offroad, comfortable family car, and a perfect assistant for whatever you decide to do.
Yasai will be available with three different engines (I4T, V6, V6TT) and two different transmissions, so everybody is sure to find what they like.
All Yasai’'s engines, like it became standard for our company, are made by our division SNB JidoKo and are highly efficient and powerful.
While the super-smooth suspension and adaptive AWD system ensures that no uneven road can disturb you, you can enjoy Yasai’s premium quality interior equipped with the latest infotainment system from KamaTec.
Yasai starts at $35 000 (270 Hp Inline 4 Turbo, Manual Transmission), and will be offered with high number of options, all of them personalisable by the the future owner.
For more info, visit our sites, or check our social media
If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our assistants
See you soon again, either at next Auto show, or at our dealership.
A hyper car modeled after a truck. Genius, gorgeous, and absolutely American.
cough Dodge Viper cough
Zenshi at the 2019 NAIAS
Zenshi’s 2019-2020MY lineup is laid on the grounds like a hand of cards on a poker table, along with two very special flagship cars making their appearances for the show, one of which is now finally complete.
"Make history time and time again."
Everything has it’s limit. Time and time again, we manage to pass those limits and make history. When it comes to designing a flagship vehicle, one needs to take into account who or what they are trying to target, what they are trying to satisfy, because it can’t be a flagship without truly showing the world what you can be capable of.
The 3rd generation Gundan undergoes a facelift for the 2020 MY, now possessing a more aggressive appearance, yet still retaining the luxurious demeanor.
And, for the first time, will make it’s way to international markets outside Japan.
Usually a facelift is a mild appearance change alongside a couple of new bells and whistles to go along with the car. For the Gundan, some significant changes have been made for the high-end executive sedan.
The main notable change is the front and rear end design. Taking notes from various cars of their own lineup with various clear design languages on them, such as the very sporty Nimessa and Altrea, and the more refined and mature Axia, and mixing those languages together with the 3rd generation Gundan’s initial design, makes for a prim and proper design mixed in with a bit of a playful side.
The Gundan’s KZH45-GDA2T Twin Turbocharged 4.5L V12 engine has been reworked, now making around 460 HP and over 510 lb-ft of torque, around 10 more HP and 80 more lb-ft from what it originally was presented with. The 6-Speed AvanTec is now replaced by the newer 8-Speed AvanTec-E transmission, which aids in making the Gundan more responsive, as well as more efficient.
Pricing will start at $125,000 for the US Market, and will hit dealers within Spring.
"The road is your canvas."
Driving can be an art. The road ahead of you is looking a little empty. Why not give it a burst of life by sending a little rubber all the way?
2020 Shinden X2
After multiple trials, run-throughs, a couple of prototypes and breakdowns (both mechanically and mentally), the successor to Zenshi’s ultimate machine has been complete: The Shinden X2.
The Shinden X2 has proved to be a very tough challenge for designers and engineers from Zenshi and ZMD alike, thanks to their somewhat perfectionist nature. Originally introduced in the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year as a prototype design (which happened to be their 3rd one at the time), The final version makes it’s way to the stage for all to now see and gaze over.
Originally, the Shinden X2’s 4.2L Twin Turbo V10 made 875 HP. After some time, ZMD decided that that wasn’t enough, and raised the stakes, risking a change in competitive targets with a whole new power output from the vehicle after adjusting the ER42 even further: 992 HP and 613 lb-ft of torque.
However, raw power was not all they needed to improve on the car, they also need a considerable bit of aerodynamics to make the car drivable for many people. Ditching the original 3-stage aero system that was used on the Goodwood prototype, ZMD resorted to a 4-stage aero system that made sure the Shinden was not only keeping at speed, but was also keeping stable on the road.
The result was that of a hypercar that can keep itself under control on the track, all the while being a pleasant driving experience on many roads.
The Shinden X2 starts at $315,000, and will be available for order within the following month.
Zenshi as of now, is taking pre-orders.
Such a dizzying array of colors (as found on the Shinden X2) is rarely seen in today’s real-life motoring landscape - I’d go with Ramune Blue Mica as usual. As for the Gundam… no, sorry, Gundan, it’s a more than worthy stablemate to the Nimessa, Altrea and Axia. I thought Zenshi had just unveiled a gigantic robot armed with laser beams - but I was wrong the instant I realized its name ended with an N instead of an M.
2019 NAIAS Pre-Show Coverage
2019 NAIAS Pre-Show Coverage
We’re here, live, in the Motor City. This year, we’re finally here for the first ever report of NAIAS, since our creation of Drivers.com in 2018. Look at all those carmakers have released their new creations in NAIAS this year, they are all fabulous! With hours left for public showcase, let us look at the cars the automakers revealed in this show!
Firstly, there’s Birmingham’s latest creation, the uncreatively named Brickham Sports Coupe. The coupe claimed to return to a time when handling matters more on a sports car, and what’s more it has a pretty great looks and much refined than we thought. And speaking of refinement…
…the famed German automaker Ursula finally released their full-size luxury sedan, the F7, after a failed attempt in 2006. The all-new luxury sedan comes with new engines, loads of tech and of course, a cleaner, crisper design, and tries to stun those SUV-craving people to buy their car with crazy marketing terms like “Perfection Achieved”. We hope this will be ending up awesome than we expected.
The F7 may be their biggest thing from Ursula this year, but they can’t forget to mention all of their other cars. The G3 600GT sports car, after a year of long wait, was now released with upgraded suspension and a more powerful engine. The F5 now gets better looking thanks to SddF (Studio di design Fiorentino), but then a full-touchscreen infotainment system (almost) hinders the car’s great looks.
Also, Ursula also announced their plans to join the next year’s FIA WEC LMP1 race, with all-new rules and regulations, and in the meantime launched a new prototype. Why now? 2020 is like 11 months away, and I’m ain’t saying the start of 2020’s LMP1 season, why do you bother to release it?
AL Autos launched a car that sounds like an EV but it isn’t. Yes, that’s right. The Irev, a sport-oriented, 5-door hatchback. With a questionably designed front. The car can be beautiful, but I have no idea why they choose an edgy front for the car. At least the rear is great tho.
The Quaestus sedan may have a more “normal” name and a better-looking front compared to the Irev, but I’m not sure why a C-Class competitor can have such an heavy weight. I can’t say the car will have worse handling than its competitors, but then it will certainly be improved by AL themselves.
SUVs. We have loads of them. And the Sphinx is just one of them. Except this British SUV has other intentions. Unlike the AL’s extremely edgy design, the Evgenis Sphinx has a pretty face, with loads of tech and a better drive to match, with a focus on eco-friendliness, thanks to man made leather and hybrid powertrains. Expect this car to be brilliantly executed. But the price…not so much to say. Maybe because the car is targeted to rich hipster vegans…scratch that, I’m just kidding.
With a name literally mean “soy bean”, and being Chinese, we could assume that it’s new cars will be shitty. Nope. The new CC is now revived as an SUV, instead of a convertible hatchback like the original models, tries to be better than its Japanese competitors with a big, sexy grille, loads of options and an in-car assistant with holograms, that can turn into an anime girl, known as Yumi. (She’s cute tho, BTW) Much better than Ursula Guide on the F7, I’d say.
Not one, but two. The new SC is just as cool as the CC. This time, it’s a sports coupe fitted with an economical but potent engine and much better looks. These cars can prove that China can make great cars, period.
Moving on to Japanese automaker Harada, their Hercule (without an “s”) pickup and the Topisa SUV gets a new…facelift with more features. I’m okay with the Topisa, but the Hercule…I know the Japanese automakers are much more conservative when it comes to making cars, but with other automakers launching all-new cars to the show, why just stop there?
Except I was wrong. Harada launches new cars too. The Sereva sports car is now finally replaced this year, and it’s now quicker and more powerful than before.
On the other hand, Rakuda, Harada’s luxury brand, created a much more uglier sibling to the Sereva, the SK. Compared to the more utilitarian Sereva, this has much more luxury kit and not enough info about the car.
Studio di design Fiorentino
Besides designing Urusla’s F5 concept, SddF themselves also have their own car to show. The Turbina II, pays homage to the ‘66 Turbina concept with a styling inspired by it. Just like the original, it’s powered by a turbine, except this time the turbine powers the electric motors instead of powering the car.
Fuji’s newest creation, the Sceptre supercar is going to be a beast in the road. And we expect it will be powered by a V10 or at least a V8. Nope. Instead, a 2.5 liter 6-cylinder moves the car, generating a “measly” 449 hp. We hope this is a right decision for the car, since the car is much fuel-efficient compared to its competitors.
And nope, they aren’t done revealing cars yet. The new Conquest SUV has pretty good practicality, yet packed in a extremely boring design. Still, people will still buy it.
A sedan was also planned to launch, but for unknown reasons, Fuji decided not to release it. We’ll wait for Geneva then. Could be better, could be worse.
After the controversial last-gen Cheetah, and loads of spy pics, Corsica finally released the new Cheetah muscle car is now revealed. The new car finally returned to its roots with an 2 + 2 layout and of course, an V8. This is going to be epic, but only tests will tell.
The Estonian automaker finally released 4 neatly designed cars in Detroit. The S93 sports car is a small car with a big punch. It looks great, it drives great (in paper), and has all those things every good luxury driver’s sports car has.
The much larger S73 sedan, although it does not have the mass appeal of the Germans and the Japanese, the small sedan has its good things too, with an N/A engine, rather than the turbochargers literally everyone is using. Glad to see some variation to the competition.
And yes, downsizing strikes again. The S98 NH ditches the fabulous V10 for a boxer-6. Even more bad news, the fabulous V10 is going to end in 2020. Bad times. Now we wish the production car is better than we think. Speaking of motorsports, the other car on the show is the NH ARX, a turbocharged inline-4 race car, is the Estonian firm’s first ever motorsport outing for proving us that Okul is no slouch either.
Tanaka finally replaced it’s Aventus full-size luxury sedan. Unlike the last gen, the full-size hatchback sedan has a big grille (although not as flashy as Huangdou’s CC), and it’s available with 2 (kinda) underpowered engine choices. At least the 5.0 S model has 460 hp, which is enough for most people.
On the opposite side, we have a city car named Ville, by Gabatron. It’s the perfect city car, with its compact size, good top speed, excellent safety and of course, a plan to make a larger model for carrying more people. Great job. But please give us the electric range of this car now or else the buyers could get something that is awful in battery range.
Perhaps the biggest launch on NAIAS this year, Hokuto went all-out against Ursula and released themselves a new luxury brand, Axuma. That’s right, Hokuto now decides to compete in the luxury segment. Everyone, please be noted.
The new brand comes with 2 new cars, the SF executive sedan, and the DSF large SUV as Axuma’s first cars. The cars were neatly designed, loaded with tech and claimed to be better than its German competitors. More models are confirmed to released, and the Germans is now going to have sleepless nights.
Shromet released a new SUV yawn, the German-sounding Strasser. Okay, the name isn’t a problem at all, but all those power, technology and comfort for a good price. OK. We’ll see what happens next then.
Murasaki, originally an Japan-only automaker, has finally arrived to the international market with the all-new Akari supercar. Unlike Okul, this supercar is equipped with an N/A V10 creating 580 hp. But a transverse layout, on a V10 supercar? I’m not that sure about that.
Meanwhile, the Yasai SUV is also announced in this show. It doesn’t have the feel of other cars in the show, but it could be critical to the company’s expansion to the international market.
The American car company with a Japanese name finally launched a gorgeous supercar, the Pandora. Twin turbo 4.5 V8, with 690 hp and a weight of 1413 kg does really sound good on paper, but is the drive counts. A lower powered version with much more comfortable suspension is coming soon, if you just want a GT instead of a supercar.
A new mid-sized family cars are the main highlight of GEC’s press release, which is the GD20, an “alternative of CUVs” according to the CEO of the company. What’s weirder than the car, is the wheels. 16-inch wheels as standard? Inb4 someone else says “HOW COME THOSE WHEELS ARE SO STUPIDLY SMALL” in the comment section. Still, nice try.
Deer and Hunt
Deer and Hunt released a new race car, a.k.a. the Fallow “Silhouette Car”. Its got a V16 pushrod engine that is based from a truck. And they say it’s not done, implying the car should be better than it intended. We’ll wait for it for more news to come.
Leviathan Motor Company
The Tempest luxury sports car wants to stand out against it’s competitors by making the design of the car better than most cars on the show and has an hardtop. Good looks can’t prove anything tho, but I’m sure it would thanks to it’s good performance and handling.
Somehow, another large sedan came to this show. This time is Zenshi’s facelifted Gundan, with an more aggressive appearance and a reworked V12 engine. And it costs less than your typical S-Class. Yeah, with an V12 of course.
The Shinden X2 supercar might sounds like some Gundam robot, but nope, it’s a V10TT supercar with a massive HP, 4-stage aero and an absurd asking price. What’s next, a real Gundam robot?
Is the Japanese really want to show off this year? But the newly released Auxuras STL, claims to have no physical buttons in car. For real. What’s the point of buttons anyway? /s
Besides the STL, the ITL Spec-V is also showcased at Auxuras’s own press event. While it’s not as “innovative” as the STL, but it has more power, and handles much more better.
The Model A is finally here, with a 300+ km/h top speed, and a horrible front end that makes the AL Autos Irev a beauty. Oh gosh. But in the other end of the spectrum, the Battaliga looks great, and drives great. But those tailpipes tho. It’s larger than my laptop, I say.
Somehow, they have made a decision to make their public showcase just several hours before the deadline. At least they did show us something special. The new Stratus is a big release to the company’s famous compact car, and they even shown loads of updates and engines to the car. But one big question: could it live up to it’s name?
Unexpectedly, Simge (short for Simulated Generated, and why its shortened name sound Korean to me) came to this show, and released the Pista X sports car and the Engima X sedan. To be honest, I even thought somebody just rebadged some older car and resell it, because they look a bit dated. Do your design better, Simge.
Oh yeah, I have forgot about the Portare SX too. Although I say the looks is quite outdated, but an 800+ hp flagship model sounds crazy as hell. Trust me.
That it for this year’s NAIAS. See ya’ll on Geneva!
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Martin-Wagner Auto GmbH Official Press Event
Since 1960, Martin-Wagner’s compact family car, the Stratus is known for it’s dependability and superb comfort. We keep improving the concept to it’s best. Selling more than 20 million units, the Stratus is one of Germany’s most well-known products to date.
And today, we can prove the legendary Stratus is still alive and kicking. Now in it’s 8th generation, the Stratus is still improving, not just to it’s limits, but tries to overtake them.
The all-new Martin-Wagner Stratus. One of a kind.
The new Stratus is designed from the ground up, with an all-new design, and it still has the qualities of Martin-Wagner’s cars. it’s svelte lines and a more futuristic look can even shame some luxury cars. Now with an improved interior, and loaded with the latest technology and safety, derived from no other than Ursula, the new Stratus is the car for the next generation.
With the help of Ursula’s proven Ursula Advanced Modular Platform (UAMP) the new Stratus is lighter than it’s predecessor, effectively improves it’s proven handling. The engines are much more fuel efficient thanks to the latest TXi and DXi-T technology. And for the first time, an all-electric version, the Stratus E-Force, is also planned for production, giving buyers a new choice for green motoring.
Currently, only 3 different petrol engines, and a diesel engine are released, ranging from a 1.2 L4 to an 1.8 L4 with various tunes to suit everyone’s needs. A 1.6 turbocharged diesel engine is also coming, but only on Europe and Middle East. Later, a 2.5 turbocharged diesel is also planned, as well as an-all electric version. As for high-performance models, they will come too, but stay tuned for more info about them.
|1.2 TXi||1.5 TXi||1.8 TXi||1.6 DXi-T||E-Force|
|Engine||Inline-4, DOHC, Direct Injection, Turbocharged||Inline-4, DOHC, Direct Injection, Turbocharged||Permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor|
|Fuel Type/Battery type||RON 95 Petrol||Diesel||Li-ion battery|
|Displacement (cc)/Battery capacity (kWh)||1195cc||1498cc||1792cc||1590 cc||45 kWh|
|Power (PS)||105 PS @ 5600 RPM||144 PS @ 5000 RPM||178 PS @ 5000 RPM||112 PS @ 4600 RPM||140 PS|
|Torque (Nm)||180 Nm @ 4300 RPM||227 Nm @ 4500 RPM||250 Nm @ 4500 RPM||255 Nm @ 1800 RPM||215 Nm|
|Top speed (km/h)||225 km/h (limited)||240 km/h (limited)||240 km/h (limited)||195 km/h (limited)||150 km/h (limited)|
|0 -100 km/h||9.9 s (DCT)||8.2 s (DCT)||7.5 s (DCT)||10.8 s (DCT)||9.3 s|
|Fuel Economy (L/100 km, Combined)||4.7 - 4.8 L/100 km (DCT)||5.2 - 5.3 L/100 km (DCT)||5.9 - 6 L/100 km (DCT)||3.6 - 3.7 L/100 km (DCT)||N/A|
|Transmissions||6-speed manual, 7 speed DCT, CVT||6-speed manual, 7 speed DCT||7-speed manual, 7 speed DCT||6-speed manual, 7 speed DCT, CVT||1-speed direct drive|
|Drivetrain||FWD||FWD, QuadDrive AWD||FWD, QuadDrive AWD||FWD, QuadDrive AWD||FWD|
|Availability||Worldwide||Europe and Middle East only||TBA|
* specs yet to be finailized
The new Stratus will be commenced for production this April, and sales will start at June in Europe, then coming to the rest of the world later this year.
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Simge's Press Release at NAIAS 2019
Since 1975, Simge, stands for Simulated Engineering are producing varying range of cars aimed at many market, especially to people who wanted an affordable car with good efficiency. At Simge, we always put comfort and practicality in our vehicles over everything. But today, we will change that.
Introducing our latest line up, the X series.
The X series was designed with performance in mind. After years of research and development, our in-house performance division finally able to create high performance, powerful vehicle.
Our X series are born, developed, and meant to be driven on racing tracks without compromising their road going ability. Developed with months of testing in Laguna Seca Raceway, we are proud to introduce the X series line up of cars.
2019 Simge Pista X
The Pista was designed to be an affordable option for people who want a fun, quick and stylish coupe. The Pista X getting a lot of new upgrades over the regular Pista. We have tweaked the 2 liter Power4 engine inside the regular Pista and with a lot of performance components inside, including the addition of turbocharger which makes 489 hp @7100 rpm and 506 nm of torque. We also replaced the manual transmission in regular Pista with 6-speed dual clutch transmission. The agile handling of Pista was also improved with the addition of active sport suspension. The Pista X was able to go from 0-100 km/h in 4 seconds with top speed rated at 280 km/h. To keep the Pista X lightweight, we fitted the Pista X with a sport interior including two semi-bucket seats and lightweight material. With all the addition, we are going to launch the Pista X with the price of $49,045
2019 Simge Enigma VX
Since its launch in 2014, the Enigma has gained a reputation of being a compact, economical city sedan with its 1.5l Eco4 engine. The Enigma VX on the other hand, is anything but that. The VX is powered with 2 liter turbocharged Power4 engine. The new engine makes the VX gained a hefty 332 hp of power and 417 nm of torque. To help distribute the power, we added an all-wheel drive and geared LSD mated with 7-speed dual clutch transmission. This resulted in an improved 0-100km/h performance to 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h. The VX are also equipped with premium semi-bucket seats in front and 10 speakers audio system with an integrated Sim-Drive in-car entertainment system as a standard. The VX will be sold at $48,780.
2020 Simge Portare SX
Launched in 2012, the Portare is our flagship car with the option of I4 engine on S variant and V6 engine on SL variant. For 2020 model year, we are decided to give the Portare an X series treatment. Taking the SL as a base, we are giving the SX a lot of improvement over the SL. As per the X series tradition, the SX is getting a new engine. The 4.2L Power8 engine inside the SX producing 834hp of power and 927nm of torque. Mated with 7 speed DCT and AWD, the SX can reach the top speed of 320km/h. With its luxurious interior with Alcantara leather and premium 21 speakers audio system with integrated Sim-Drive system, the SX will sell for $81,683
All X Series will have the exclusive Racing Green body color as an option