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Ford builds a 2014 Transit Connect Wagon sleigh especially for Santa Claus

Ford has built an all-new 2014 Transit Connect Wagon sleigh especially for Santa Claus. Ford has plenty of presents to give to nice kids all across the world so to get to all of them, he requires a new sleigh with maximum fuel economy and cargo space for the efficient delivery of all the presents. This concept sleigh is based on Ford’s Transit Connect Wagon.

It is powered by EcoBoost, which provides a rating of more than 30 mpg and a per gallon (ppg) cargo rating that leads the industry. As an additional benefit, the EcoBoost engine, which has been given fine tuning to achieve high-speed performance, would make Santa reach speeds much faster than his previous 36hp sleigh.

Santa Claus even released a statement about his new ride. He asserts that he will stay true to his mission to give presents to “good girls and boys” and that with this new sleigh, the process will be more efficient. Engineers at Ford started to develop the Transit Connect Wagon sleigh concept just a few weeks after it heard of Santa’s predicament during cold-weather testing in the North Pole.

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Rolls-Royce Dawn Yours and Mine Edition tops 2017 Neiman Marcus Christmas catalogue

As the gift-giving season approaches, Neiman Marcus wants to relieve some of the buyers’ anxiety by releasing its holiday season’s shopping catalogue. Yes, it’s that time of the year once again and while the Halloween parties have not even started yet, the very posh department store wants to make sure that this early, the filthy rich people have their minds made up on the two special items from its catalogue. After all, who wouldn’t want to get a Rolls-Royce Dawn for a present?

If love means to give and take, Neiman Marcus is offering two bespoke Rolls-Royce Dawn this season--- one “for him” and one “for her” (or “yours and mine” to be exact). The 2017 look book is basically a showcase of gift ideas for the coming holidays. It also happens to be its 91st edition. With a design that featured the “Saint Tropez Dawn” and the “Lago di Como Dawn”, both Rolls Royce and Neiman are able to brilliantly display this year’s most special gifts on the wish list.

To tell the difference, the Saint Tropez’s exterior features an orange shade while Lago di Como is in the shade of blue. The “orangey” Saint Tropez’s interior is a mixture of open pore Canadel wood, seashell leather and shades of chocolate and bright oranges. The Coniston blue convertible meanwhile comes with dark brushed metal dashboard trims instead of wood. Its interior mostly consists of Selby grey and black leather, but then both cars will be featuring silver bonnets and silver top fabrics.

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Infiniti releases Q60 Limited Edition for Neiman Marcus Christmas Book

Wondering what the Fantasy Gift in Neiman Marcus’ annual Christmas Book this year could be? If you are generous enough to give others or yourself this special present, then behold the new Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition!

This is not your ordinary Infiniti Q60, which – even in is base form – is already extraordinary. The new Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition is derived from the Red Sport 400 model of the new 2017 Infiniti Q60 coupe. Its core is served by a 3.0 liter-twin-turbocharged V6 engine that could provide an astonishing 400 hp of output.

The luxurious appeal of the new Nieman Marcus Limited Edition Q60 is furthered by the fact that it is equipped with Direct Adaptive Steering and Dynamic Digital Suspension and is enriched further by a Bose Performance Series premium audio system as well as Infiniti InTouch infotainment system. Wrapped in gold-like Solar Mica exterior color, the new Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition sports genuine carbon fiber accents on its fog-light finishers, fender vents, rear spoiler and mirror caps.

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Smart kicks off “The Sound of Christmas” campaign, invites fans to create their own music

Smart’s “The Sound of Christmas” campaign is in full blast. Through this, smart is giving its fans the opportunity to exercise their creative muscle to fully express the spirit of Christmas according to their own inclinations. With their compositions, they can then create their own personalized Christmas greeting for their friends and family that they can share on their social media accounts.

Here’s the meaty part of this holiday campaign – popular songwriter Graham Candy has written the musical backup for the sound tracks, which will also include the Discoball smart as part of the instrumental accompaniment.

This is perhaps the sweetest way one can celebrate the Christmas season, by saying “Merry Christmas” in their own unique way. Specifically, people can create their own versions of the Christmas Song, “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” by combining four different soundtracks that they can find at www.smart.com/christmas.

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The long-wheelbase, seven-seat version of the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon accounted for around 85 percent of Wagon sales in July. The short- and long-wheelbase versions now have combined average of around 34 percent of total Transit Connect sales, including the cargo van – compared to just a 13-percent Wagon mix with the previous generation.

Ford also posted a 42-percent jump in total Transit Connect sales in July to 4,090 unit, marking the best July ever for the nameplate. While the long-wheelbase version of the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon features seven seats and sliding door, the carmaker is not marketing it as a minivan.

It even carried the hashtag “#unminivan” and was featured in a marketing scheme based mostly on social media like Twitter and Facebook.

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The 2015 Ram ProMaster City is arriving next year, providing Chrysler Group dealers a small commercial van good enough to rival the Ford Transit Connect. Based on the Fiat Doblo but designed for North American market, the front-wheel-drive vehicle 2015 ProMaster City will be powered by a 2.4-liter inline-four engine and a nine-speed transmission found in versions of the Chrysler 200 sedan and Jeep Cherokee.

The commercial van features coil-link rear suspension, resulting to enhanced driving dynamics and is intended mainly as an urban delivery or service vehicle. Bob Hegbloom, director of the Ram brand, remarked that the ProMaster City allows the brand to compete in the small van segment with a true commercial van.

He remarked that the platform underpinning the ProMaster City has been proven in the marketplace, noting there are already over 1.3 million Fiat Doblos around the world. The ProMaster City could be availed in two basic configurations: a two-seater for cargo and a five-seater for passengers.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded five-star Overall Vehicle Score -- the highest possible overall rating -- to the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon. The Tourneo Connect -- the European version of Transit Connect Wagon – also received a five-star rating from the European New Car Assessment Program consumer advocacy group.

Ford started selling the Transit Connect Wagon earlier this year. Steve Kenner, director of Ford’s global automotive safety office, remarked that the Transit Connect Wagon offers a unique-looking, fuel-efficient vehicle that provides a high level of safety. He noted that the suite of safety and driver-assist features available on Transit Connect makes the people mover a “great choice for families and businesses.”

The driver and passenger are protected by the Transit Connect’s body structure, over half of which is built with high-strength and ultrahigh-strength steels. The people mover also boasts of side airbags for front-row occupants, as well as side curtain airbags for all seating rows.

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Ford bought 10 Transit Connects at the SEMA Motor Show. The first is the Strange Motion Transit Connect created for a BMX team. It comes with a widebody kit, a distinct set of unique wheels and sufficient room to accommodate six people and their bikes. The second model is the Mobsteel Transit Connect that takes on a different route as it is described as a "hot rod delivery vehicle."

Details about the model are sparse but it’s known that it features a lower ride height, a wood-grain floor and custom wheels. Then there’s the K-Daddyz Kustomz Transit Connect – a mobile graphics shop that comes with "everything needed to mix paint and create custom graphics." The fourth is the eJudged Transit Connect that is referred to as a mobile office that is filled to the brim with “tech upgrades."

With these modifications, it is the "optimal place to perform car show judging." The CGS Motorsports Transit Connect is described as the ideal vehicle for a night at the drag strip as it features Lincoln Electric welding tools, a VIAIR air compressor and steel cabinets with tools inside them. LGE*CTS Motorsports transformed the Transit Connect into a cross country tourer that has "upgraded performance and technology." And finally, there’s the Pentech Transit Connect that rides on a mobile gaming platform with two driving simulators.

Read the entire article 2013 SEMA Show: Ford brings 10 customized Transit Connect models

Ford is set to go global and will begin to sell the Ford Transit Connect Taxi in Hong Kong early next year. A liquefied petroleum gas fuel system created by Ford will be featured on these New Transit Connect vehicles sold in Hong Kong. This system takes advantage of the well-established LPG infrastructure in the country.

This feature is offered on the vehicles available in the U.S. as an option. Ford truck communications manager Mike Levine said that since 2010, Ford has made this option available for the Transit Connect models.

These vehicles can be equipped with a fuel system that can run on compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas. For the U.S. market, the 2014 model is offered with a $300 factory-installed engine prep package that permits the vehicle to endure the requirements of CNG/LPG fuel.

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Ford has unveiled the 2014 Transit Connect Taxi, which the carmaker says will be the only taxi to offer an engine prep package for conversion to compressed natural gas/liquefied petroleum gas. The 2014 Transit Connect Taxi boasts of an additional interior space that could be used for cargo or a CNG/LPG tank. The taxi is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

It is available with a $300 factory-installed engine prep package that allows it to run on CNG/LPG fuel before it is converted under Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier program, which has members certified by the carmaker to modify vehicles without affecting the factory-set calibrations, according to a Ford spokesman.

Tim Stoehr, commercial truck marketing manager for Ford, said in a statement that they are leveraging their “longtime leadership and expertise in the North American taxi market” to ensure that the Transit Connect Taxi surpasses the expectations of taxi operators and passengers.

Read the entire article Ford has unveiled longer and lower 2014 Transit Connect Taxi

The latest Ford Transit Connect could now be ordered for late 2013 delivery in the United Kingdom at a price range of between £13,921 and £19,130. The new Ford Transit Connect will be sold along with the Transit Custom, an upcoming Transit Courier, and a two-ton Transit that will rolled out in 2014. The Connect will be sold across Europe, North America and other global markets.

The new Ford Transit Connect was developed at the carmaker's facilities in Dunton, Essex and will be built at its state-of-the-art assembly site in Valencia, Spain. The Connect could be availed in Van, Double-Cab-in-Van and Kombi body styles.

Offered in short-wheelbase (L1) and long-wheelbase (L2) versions, the Connect provides a roomy and practical load area with total volumes of 2.9 cubic meters (L1) and 3.6 cubic meters (L2) with a full bulkhead, or 3.7  cubic meters (L1) and 4.4 cubic meters (L2) including the front loadspace area.

Read the entire article UK order book for 2014 Ford Transit Connect is now open

Having some long haulage logistics problems this Christmas season? Then Mercedes-Benz’s heavy duty truck, the Mercedes-Benz Actros, could be the right solution for you. The Mercedes-Benz Actros definitely lives up to its long-haulage reputation, as it boasts of fuel tank volume of up to 1,480 liters, allowing it to cruise up to 3,859 miles before stopping for diesel refuel.

Once an average 30-tonne trailer is attached to the back of the Actros, Mercedes’ heavy duty truck could deliver up to 27,200 turkeys in one trip! The Mercedes-Benz Actros also features new heating system perfect for the cold winter nights, endowed with several innovations. The standard hot-water auxiliary heating can be used to heat the cab as high as 32 degrees.

Mercedes also offers an optionally available multifunctional key for the Actros that allows the driver to perform several functions from the comfort of his home without needing to go outside in the cold.

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Ford introduced the compact 2014 Transit Connect Van together with the big Transit. A refresh was expected since the original Transit Connect was launched in the U.S. three years ago and since 2002, the model had been sold in Europe. Ford revealed that it will be available in two wheelbases, measuring 104 inches and 121 inches, leading to cargo capacities of 105 or 130 cubic feet, respectively.

It is built on Ford’s C1 platform, which includes parts used on cars such as the Escape, C-Max, and Focus. Many tie-downs and cargo hooks are used on the rubberized cargo floor. Ford offers the option of a divider between the two front seats and the cargo area. This feature is expected to be very popular. What’s different from the last Transit Connect is that buyers can opt for either a traditional center-opening rear doors or a crossover-style liftgate. Its dashboard and door plastics are tougher compared to those found in regular Ford passenger cars.

These are more durable and can withstand years of delivery usage but they have a cheap look. It offers more storage with its “aircraft-style” overhead bins. Ford offers the 2.5-liter inline-four as the base engine. Stepping up, it offers the 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline-four, which can return better than 30 mpg on the highway. These two engines are partnered to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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The pricing on the new Ford Transit Connect Wagon hasn’t been announced yet but it’s believed to be competitive. The Transit Connect Wagon, a minivan by another name, is built on the platform that’s also used by the Ford Focus and Escape. It is powered by the same 4-cylinder engines. Since there’s no rival in the minivan segment, Ford offers the C-Max in only the hybrid form.

The retrofitted commercial vehicle serves two purposes as it’s also a carrier for people. Ford hopes to provide the best fuel economy rating in its class. The standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder delivers 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque while the optional EcoBoost 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder produces 173 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The two engines will exclusively come with a 6-speed automatic.

Even if it’s a distinctly European-styled vehicle, it’s not available with a manual transmission. It can seat seven people. The second and third rows can be folded totally flat while the two third row seats can be independently shifted forwards and back by 5-inches. It is a utilitarian vehicle in basic trim. The Ford XL, XLT and Titanium model will be offered with top options such as a panoramic glass roof, MyFord Touch, a rear-view camera and a 6.5-inch touch screen.

Read the entire article 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon looks much better in the flesh

A new range of products is now available in Driver’s Selection collection by Porsche Design, in time for the Christmas season. The items include watches and jackets as well as children’s toys and lifestyle accessories – all of which bear supreme Porsche quality coupled with modern and recognizable designs. The priciest of the Porsche watch collection is the 918 Spyder Sport Classic Chronograph, which can be acquired at £475.

918 Spyder Chronograph brings the principles of Porsche Intelligent Performance to a wristwatch and combines tough lightweight materials and contemporary design. Just 918 examples of the 918 Spyder Chronograph is available to interested buyers. All of them feature the striking Acid Green contrasts as well as an integrated carbon dial to underscore its high performance nature.

Also available in the collection is the award-winning Porsche Calendar at just £40.00. Porsche Calendars have been part of any Porsche enthusiast’s collection since 1954. It is aspired that the Porsche Calendar for 2013 would win another set of international design awards. The Porsche Calendar for 2013 carries a theme of ‘Mega Cities,’ showcasing all Porsche models against a backdrop of futuristic styling and city skylines. The Porsche Calendar for 2013 comes complete with an exclusive collector’s medal. Another item included in the Driver’s Selection by Porsche Design – in partnership with Primaloft -- is a range of lightweight outerwear that protects its wearer from the harsh elements this winter.

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Ford has revealed more details about the passenger-friendly, U.S.-spec 2014 Transit Connect Wagon. Ford had introduced the new 2014 Ford Transit Connect at its global product roll-out in September. Ford had already offered a five-passenger Transit Connect Wagon in the market but because of its limited seating and bare-bones interior, it didn’t appeal to small families and would be more suited to small businesses.

For example, its cargo area didn’t have panelling or insulation. To remedy that, Ford gave the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon a fully-trimmed interior and a third row of seating. This enabled Ford to create another niche for its small van offering. Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s vice president of global product development and engineering, released a prepared statement.

He said that the target market of the new Transit Connect Wagon is made wider since it now offers a seven-passenger capacity with its three rows of seating in a fully-trimmed interior. It has become a modern, family-friendly alternative to oversized minivans with its broad selection of comfort, convenience, and connectivity options. Ford has released pres materials to show that the New Transit Connect’s interior is as “attractive, modern, and consumer-friendly as its car-like exterior.”

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As the Christmas season approaches, the BMW Lifestyle Collection allows people to avail of its latest products without having them undergo the hassle of going to shopping malls. People looking for great gifts for their loved ones this Christmas season could now shop stress-free with just the tips of their fingers, by just visiting www.bmw-shop.com.

For parents who want to shop for an exciting gift for their small children, the BMW M3 Baby Racer might be an excellent choice. The orange BMW M3 Baby Racer could make small kids ages 18 months to three years feel the “M” experience at the comfort of their own rooms. Parents, however, need not worry as the BMW M3 Baby Racer is fitted with solid rubber tyres to ensure a smooth ride and to prevent screechy sounds when it cruises on the floor. The BMW M3 Baby Racer is also endowed with realistic details such as the M steering wheel, speedometer, rev counter, temperature and fuel gauge. The BMW M3 Baby Racer is TÜV-certified.

For fathers who want to experience some fast-paced action this Christmas season, the M Carbon Boardcase is perfect for them. Considered as the race car among trolley cases, the M Carbon Boardcase features wheels in BMW rim styling, a durable telescopic handle and a carbon hard shell with a matt sheen and BMW M stripes.

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Anders Warming, the Head of Design at MINI, said that one of the items on his “Christmas list” is a production version of the Rocketman Concept. This implies that this city car will soon arrive at its showrooms. In an interview with Inside Line, Warming described the Rocketman to be "a clear leap forwards," as well as a car that may "claim the true heritage of the brand."

He added that when customers ask what else is going on with Mini, the names mentioned are the Rocketman and Roadster.

He explained that it’s about “making authentic movements” and creating a relevant bandwidth. This will guarantee that the Mini will consistently be the segment’s smallest car as it uses lightweight engineering as well as engines that lead the class when it comes to efficiency.

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Ford offers a concept sleigh that will considerably cut back the carbon footprint of Santa for a greener Christmas. The concept ride is equipped with the company's innovative technology, allowing Santa to make his yearly deliveries in a stylish and eco-friendly manner while his reindeers take a well-deserved break. It has the new EcoBoost engine which delivers performance to compete with a traditional 1.6-litre engine, but with lower CO2 emissions of just 114g/km CO2 as well as greatly improved fuel efficiency.

With the impressive fuel efficiency of the 1-liter EcoBoost, Santa's fuel costs are reduced by 90% to just £12 million compared with at least £122 million on carrots annually to feed the reindeers. The EcoBoost cylinder block also fits in a single sheet of A4 paper. It delivers at most 125PS and 170Nm peak torque (with 200Nm overboost), giving it the highest power density of any Ford production engine to date.

Santa was not available for comment. Mrs Claus, on the other hand, said that she would support anything that will allow Santa to go home a bit quicker. She further stated that delivering presents quickly to children all over the world may even allow Santa to consider names in the naughty list.

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So far in the last quarter of 2011, the ads for the new luxury model automobiles timed for the holiday season have not proven to be very effective, according to advertising evaluation company Ace Metrix. Chevrolet is one of the few exceptions in the non-luxury category as Ace gave it high scores for its "First Hundred Years" 60-second spot. The ads that are most effective seem to be those that evoke an emotional response. Ace Metrix CEO, Peter Daboll, considers it “astounding” that four of the 'top 10' luxury automobile ads performed “below norm.”

He perceives this to be a sign that instead of offering high quality creative ads, many automakers have decided on getting the “Buy it now, you idiot” message across. One of the respondents to the survey conducted by Ace Metrix wasn’t so impressed with the Lexus "December to Remember" campaign. He said, “People don't buy other people cars.”

He criticized the use of an “annoying jingle” and the excessive reliance on Toytathon. He also didn’t like that Lexus had to make a suggestion during these difficult times for this car to be a gift to a spouse. The factors that Ace Metrix looked at were relevance, persuasion and watchability.

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