''Super Moto vs Super Autos quien gana?''

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''Los 10 mejores deportivos del 2015''

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''Los mejores autos del 2015''

Las marcas Mercedez-Benz y BMW fueron los principales ganadores del galardón anual World Car Awards, siendo la lujosa marca de autos Mercedez-Benz quien tomó el primer puesto en tres de las categorías más importantes de la premiación.
 Dieter Zetsche, presidente del consejo responsable de Mercedes-Benz indicó tras recibir el galardón al mejor premio: "La clase C del Mercedez-Benz tiene cualidades ecológicas, técnicas y de confort que encarna al automóvil de lujo moderno".

 Otro de los ganadores fue la marca de autos francesa CITROËN, quien tomó el galardón a mejor diseño, a lo que la actual CEO, Linda Jackson, dijo: "Toda la audacia y la creatividad de CITROËN se recompensa en esta categoría. El C4 Cactus de CITROËN tiene una identidad única en todo el mundo, lo que ha sido nuestra receta para el éxito en el pasado, en el presente, y será en el futuro. estamos convencidos de que tenemos algo muy fuerte y creemos que ha comenzado un nuevo capítulo en nuestra historia".

 Los premios World Car Awards (WCA) cuentan con un panel de jueces que se compone de 75 prominentes periodistas de la industria automovilística en todo el mundo, así como de una comunidad global de expertos. Los miembros del jurado garantizar la integridad y la credibilidad de los premios, pero también sirven como un recurso importante para la industria, con un enfoque en la excelencia y la innovación en una escala global.
 Los ganadores de todas las categoías de “World Car Awards” El mejor carro del año 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
 El mejor carro de lujo del 2015 Mercedes-Benz S Coupe

 El carro con el mayor desempeño durante el 2015 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

  El carro más ambiental o verde del año BMW i8

 Los 10 mejores autos ejecutivos
 Fuente: World Car Awards 2015

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''Hennessey Venom GT monstruoso''

Hennessey Venom GT Powering the Hennessey Venom GT is a 6.2L twin turbo V-8 engine producing an amazing 1,200 bhp and 1,155 lb-ft of torque. The Hennessey Venom GT is able to put all of it's power to the ground with the help of an adjustable traction control system. The Venom GT redefines supercar performance while being able to go from zero to 200 mph in under 16 seconds - nearly 8 seconds quicker than the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. Inside, the Hennessey Venom GT merges high-tech materials with supple luxury. Machined metal meets carbon fiber - all surrounded by sumptuous leather - to produce an unforgettable cockpit. Hold on tight to the sport steering wheel as the Hennessey Venom GT is capable off accelerating from zero to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. Combined with a super-light curb weight of under 2,685 lbs (1,220 kilos), the Venom GT offers an unmatched power-to-weight ratio. F1 meets road car. To maximize the power-to-weight ratio, the Hennessey Venom GT utilizes some of the most hightech racing components available today. This includes the use of carbon fiber body panels and hybrid wheels constructed of both carbon fiber and forged-aluminum. Massive Brembo 6-piston alloy brake calipers combine with lightweight carbon-ceramic rotors to give the Hennessey Venom GT world-class stopping power while simultaneously minimizing curb weight and rotational mass. The Hennessey Venom GT has an active suspension system that adjusts ride height according to varying conditions. The system allows a range of adjustment up to 2.4 inches (6 cm), enabling the driver to raise the Venom GT in order to navigate items such as a driveway or a parking garage. Hennessey Venom GT (2011) 2011 Hennessey Venom GT All components aboard the Hennessey Venom GT are built for purpose, not flash. Lightweight carbon fiber surrounds an alloy shifter that actuates a Ricardo 6-speed manual gearbox. An AP Racing multi-disc clutch transfers the engine's copious power while remaining easy to modulate. With lateral acceleration well exceeding 1 g-Force, body support for occupants comes in the form of race-spec, deep-side bucket seats that are constructed of carbon fiber and covered in fine leather. "The Venom GT simply expresses the supercar that I have always dreamed of building for myself. I wanted a nimble, lightweight, mid-engine chassis with a powerful American V-8 engine. Maximum power-to-weight ratio is critical for a performance vehicle, and it is the cornerstone to our car. Our dedicated staff of former Bonneville, Formula One and Le Mans race engineers have teamed to design the Venom GT — incorporating many of the best technologies and advanced materials available today. The goal? The best overall performing and best looking road-legal supercar that we could build." -- John Hennessey Technical Specifications 0-60 mph: 2.5 s 0-200 mph: 15.9 s Top Speed: 275 mph (443 km/h) Power Horsepower: 1,200 bhp @ 6,500 rpm Torque: 1155 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm Specific Output: 166 bhp / Liter Bhp / weight: 767.23 hp per ton or 2.61 lbs / hp Boost: 16 psi (1.1 bar) Fuel: 93 octane Engine Type: V8 Block: Aluminum Size: 376 CID (6.2 Liter) Position: Mid Longitudinal Compression: 8.8:1 Redline: 7,200 rpm Forced Induction: Twin Precision Ball Bearing Turbochargers Oiling System: Dry Sump Lubrication Fuel System: Sequential Multi-Port Electronic Fuel Injection Transmission Type: Ricardo 6-speed Manual Gear Ratios: 2.61:1, 1.71:1, 1.23:1, 0.94:1, 0.77:1, 0.63:1 Final Drive: 3.36:1 Speed by Gear I - 68 mph II - 104 mph III - 145 mph IV - 190 mph V - 232 mph VI - 275 mph (7,200 rpm) Brakes Calipers: Brembo 6-piston Rotors: 15.0 x 1.34 in. Carbon Ceramic Suspension Type: KW Variant 3 Adjustable Coilover Ride Height: Adjustable by 2.4 inches (60 mm) Dimensions Length: 15.27 ft. (4,655 mm) Width: 6.43 ft. (1,960 mm) Wheelbase: 110.24 in. (2,800 mm) Track Front: 63.46 in. (1,612 mm) Rear: 63.15 in. (1,604 mm) Body Material: Carbon fiber composite except doors & roof Type: 2-door Weight & Measurements Curb Weight: 2,685 lbs (1,220 kg) Dry Weight: 2,524 lbs (1,147 kg) F/R Balance: 37% / 63% (empty); 44% / 56% (with driver & passenger) Fuel Capacity: 18.5 gal. (70 l) Tires Front: 255/30/20 - Michelin Pilot Super Sport Rear: 345/30/20 - Michelin Pilot Super Sport Wheels Front: 9.5 x 20 in. Rear: 12.5 x 20 in. Price: $950,000 USD Options & Personalization Right-Hand Drive: $28,225 Center Locking Hubs / Wheels: $37,500 Dry "Naked" Carbon Fiber Exterior: $375,000

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''Mercedes SLR722 un nuevo clásico Aleman''

Mercedes SLR 722 Edition The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition displays thoroughbred motor-racing attributes, having been developed in close cooperation with the motorsport specialists at the headquarters of the McLaren Formula-1 team in England. Featuring more than 300 modified components, the super sports car serves up a boost in output, more dynamic chassis tuning, improved aerodynamics and distinctly sporty interior appointments to thrill even the most demanding of sports-car enthusiasts. For Mercedes-Benz, "SLR 722 Edition" was an obvious name for the new model variant as it evokes memories of the unforgettable victory achieved in 1955 by the British motor-racing legend Stirling Moss and his co-pilot Dennis Jenkinson at Mille Miglia - the classic Italian endurance race - behind the wheel of a Mercedes Benz 300 SLR with start number 722 (denoting the car's start time of 7.22 a.m.). Boasting an impressive output of 478 kW/650 hp, the SLR McLaren 722 Edition super sports car not only out-performs its historic forefather, it even outstrips the scintillating peak performance of the current SLR model - a technical masterstroke on the part of the engineers at Mercedes-Benz and McLaren. The new limited-edition series - only 150 models are being produced, for the most part hand-crafted, at McLaren in Woking - is the brand's response to calls from highly discerning SLR customers for even more sportiness combined with the same high level of everyday practicality. Mercedes SLR 722 Edition (2007) 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 Edition At the heart of the Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 Edition is a 5.5-litre V8 supercharged powerplant assembled by hand at the Mercedes-AMG engine workshops in Affalterbach, Germany, based on the "One man, one engine" principle. Among the high-performance powerplant's major strengths are its extremely spontaneous response to accelerator pedal movements, dynamic torque build-up across the entire engine speed range and an unmistakable V8 sound. Further modifications were made to influence the interplay of the engine with the gearshift. For each of the individually selectable transmission modes - M (Manual) and S (Sport) on the one hand and C (Comfort) on the other - there is now a different accelerator pedal characteristic curve which has been optimised in line with the very different operating conditions that apply in each case. The end result is an extremely impressive set of performance figures, even by high-end super sports car standards: the Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 Edition completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a breathtaking 3.6 seconds (SLR 3.8 seconds), going on to achieve 200 km/h in just 10.2 seconds (SLR 10.6 seconds) and 300 km/h in a mere 28.0 seconds (SLR 28.8 seconds). Plus the top speed of 337 km/h is even higher than that of the current SLR (334 km/h). New chassis set-up for further enhanced handling dynamics One of the main driving forces behind the further improved performance of the Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 Edition is the retuned chassis. Development work at McLaren's Formula-1 headquarters was based on the SLR's proven aluminium chassis set-up. In the first phase of development, various chassis parameters, such as springing and damping, underwent a series of tests on the Formula-1 dynamometer in Woking. Then the Mercedes-Benz and McLaren engineers made further refinements and finalised the new set-up by performing an extensive series of tests on the road and, above all, on the race track. The stiffer spring rates and shock-absorber characteristics of the chassis (body lowered by 10 mm at both the front and rear) are what gives the SLR 722 Edition its increased directional stability and noticeably further enhanced handling dynamics. Body roll on bends has been reduced by over 20 percent, allowing the SLR 722 Edition to corner at even greater speeds. New 19-inch forged-aluminium wheels also improve the handling dynamics of the special-edition model, their unique, palladium grey design highlighting the car's motor-racing heritage. Their low weight, compared to ordinary tires, reduces the unsprung masses, making the Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 Edition even more responsive. Plus the 19-inch wheels allow larger brake discs with a diameter of 390 mm to be fitted on the front axle. Hailing from the Italian manufacturer "Brembo", the new braking system combines with the carbon fibre-reinforced ceramic discs to provide a highly impressive deceleration rate which is fully in keeping with the SLR 722 Edition's scintillating all-round performance. Extensive tests were carried out to develop a new ESP® control system for this new brake configuration. An aerodynamic work of art: even more downforce and an improved cd figure Around 100 hours of meticulous work in the wind tunnel also helped boost the performance of the Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 Edition. Here the developers performed yet another technical masterstroke by increasing downforce whilst at the same time reducing the Cd (drag coefficient) figure. At higher speeds, lower aerodynamic drag generally means lower downforce.Not so in the case of the SLR 722 Edition though, which has an "airsplitter" at its front end. Consisting of carbon with a clear-coat finish, the distinctively shaped spoiler lip not only enhances aerodynamics, it also increases the downforce on the front axle by 128 percent. Small wheel spoilers, also finished in carbon, reduce air swirl at the rear axle, making for smoother airflow and optimising road feel. If the 13-percent increase in rear-end downforce is also added into the equation, the SLR 722 Edition provides 122 kg total downforce. In the 35° high-downforce position of the airbrake, the total downforce is increased by another 50 kg. The result: an even more reliable handling and more precise turn-in at high speeds. In addition, the rear-mounted airbrake optimises directional stability and braking power. When the speed exceeds 120 km/h, it rises up at an angle that has been adjusted in line with the extremely dynamic performance of the new model. If the driver hits the brakes hard in an emergency, the airbrake is automatically raised. This dynamic modification increases rear-axle downforce within a fraction of a second, thus partially compensating for the dynamic axle load distribution during braking, which has a tendency to press towards the front axle. A further factor which contributes to the distinctly sports-oriented configuration is the weight of the Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 Edition, which the engineers have reduced by around 44 kg. A lighter oil tank and damper bodies made from aluminium, which have the added benefit of improving the vibration response of the unsprung masses, make for less weight. Furthermore, various parts and components have been replaced by carbon, including in the footwell and at the rear wheel arches. Last but not least, optimised panelling and insulating materials also have a positive effect on the vehicle weight. Yet for all these measures, the high levels of comfort, safety and practicality that have become Mercedes hallmarks remain unaffected. The complete performance package at the heart of the SLR 722 Edition really comes into its own when matched with a sporty driving style. This is when the true benefits of the improved cornering ability, the higher lateral acceleration and the even more agile handling really make themselves felt. Sporty design through and through In terms of exterior design, the Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 Edition features discreet sporty touches, thereby satisfying the desires of keen gentleman drivers and affluent sports-car collectors - the core target group - to the letter. The new-look 19-inch light-alloy wheels afford an uninterrupted view of the red-painted brake callipers and the large brake discs, emphasising the sheer power and performance that underpins every aspect of the SLR. In addition, individual components in carbon with a clear-coat finish highlight the close ties with Formula 1. Plus the grille-style design of the black-painted air outlets on the bonnet, not to mention the palladium grey-trimmed front- and tail-light clusters, blend in perfectly with the carbon-fibre look. The SLR 722 Edition is available with a crystal antimony grey paint finish which creates a vivid impression of depth and produces an extremely intensive-looking surface structure. Moving inside, the sports bucket seats, upholstered in a combination of semi-aniline leather and Alcantara, offer excellent lateral support, while the colour contrast provided by the distinctive "300-SL-red" stitching throughout the interior, the 722 insignia on the head restraints and the red seat belts is designed to deliver maximum appeal. The attractive material mix comprising semi-aniline leather and Alcantara, which gives the interior its characteristic look and feel, also features prominently on the roof lining and door panels. Frequently used controls, such as the shift lever and handbrake lever, are trimmed in easy-grip, moisture-absorbing suede. The sporty design philosophy that underpins the Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 Edition is also reflected by the widespread use of carbon throughout the interior. This material, straight from the world of Formula 1, lends the centre console an extremely puristic look. The new-look instrument cluster focuses the driver's attention on the key vehicle data, featuring classic-style dials with a signal-red background. Plus the practicality of the multifunction display is augmented by an extremely sporty touch in the shape of the AMG RACETIMER. Finally the designers paid special attention to the steering wheel as the key link between driver and car: with its combined leather/suede trim, the rim is extremely easy to grip and helps to driver to remain master of the situation when driving at high

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''Los 12 mega Autos del 2013''

Los 12 Mega Automóviles Más Caros del Mundo 2013
La siguiente es una lista de los 12 carros más caros del mundo en el 2013.
 El sitio web, Luxurylaunches, recorrió el mundo para encontrar los 10 vehículos más finos y más exóticos que podrían dañar su cuenta bancaria más rápido de lo que uno de estos súper coches van de 0 a 100 km/h – En Mega Ricos, decidimos mencionar dos vehículos más este año, que vale la pena añadir a esta lista increíble. Top 12 Mega Automóviles Más Caros del Mundo 2013Cada uno de estos automóviles vienen con un alto precio, pero esto no evita que soñemos con ellos. Así que disfrute de los opulentos sueños que estos autos provocan
 Aquí esta la lista de los 12 coches más caros del mundo↓ #12. Lamborghini Reventon Precio: $1.6 millones Lamborghini ReventonLamborghini Reventon

Era el auto de carretera más caro hasta que su equivalente, Veneno, fue lanzado. Un cupé de dos puertas, con exterior de fibra de carbono, motor mediano, de doble tracción, el Reventon cuenta con un motor V12 de 6.5 litros, con una velocidad máxima de 355 km/h. Lamborghini Reventon

Lamborghini Reventon

11. Koenigsegg Agera R Precio: $1.6 millones Koenigsegg Agera REl Agera R es un auto de dos puertas, con dos asientos, y está equipado con un motor V8 de 5.0 litros con una impresionante velocidad de 440km/h. El cuerpo está hecho de fibra de carbono/kevlar. Koenigsegg Agera R

Koenigsegg Agera R

10. Zenvo ST1 Precio: $1.8 millones Zenvo ST1Hecho de fibra de carbono, el magnífico superdeportivo de alto rendimiento funciona con un motor V8 turbo sobrealimentado, de 7 litros, con una velocidad máxima de 375km/h. Sólo se construirán 15. Zenvo ST1
Zenvo ST1
9. Aston Martin One-77 Precio: $1.85 millones Aston Martin One-77Este cupé de dos puertas viene equipado con un motor V12 de 7.3 litros que puede llegar a una velocidad máxima de 354.067 km/h. El One-77 cuenta con un chasis monocasco de fibra de carbono y un cuerpo de aluminio hecho a mano. Aston Martin One-77
Aston Martin One-77

8. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster Precio: $1.85 millones Pagani Zonda Cinque RoadsterEste súper auto está hecho de fibra de carbono con hilo de titanio. Cuenta con el potente motor gemelo AMG sobrealimentado V12, con una velocidad máxima de 350 km/h. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster
Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

7. Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Precio: $2.2 millones Lamborghini Sesto ElementoEste poderoso súper coche de dos puertas no ha salido al mercado todavía, y sólo se fabricarán 20 unidades. Viene con un motor V10 de 5.2 litros, transmisión automática de 6 velocidades que genera 578 caballos de fuerza. Lamborghini Sesto ElementoUn problema: Este superdeportivo no es legal para las calles de EE.UU, lo que significa que aquellos mega ricos lo suficientemente afortunados de afrontar el alto precio podrán disfrutarlo solamente en una pista de carreras.

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

6. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport Precio: $2.4 millones Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super SportEste lujoso superdeportivo de alto rendimiento cuenta con un motor de 16 cilindros, turbocompresores agrandados y un caja de cambios de embrague gemelo con siete velocidades que puede llegar a una velocidad máxima de 415km/h. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

5. Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Precio: $2.6 millones Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport VitesseEste súper coche hecho en Francia tiene un motor W16 de 7.9 litros, 1200 caballos de fuerza y 1,106 lb-pies de torque. El auto puede llegar a 100km/h de punto de parada en 2.6 segundos, y en la actualidad tiene el récord como el convertible más rápido con una velocidad máxima de 408 km/h. Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
Pagani Zonda Revolucion

4. Pagani Zonda Revolucion Precio: $3 millones Pagani Zonda RevolucionUnico en su tipo, este súper coche está alimentado por un increíble motor V12 Mercedes AMG de 6.0 litros, dándole a su conductor una experiencia de manejo única. El Nuevo Superdeportivo Pagani Zonda Revolucion
3. W Motors Lykan Hypersport Precio: $3.4 millones W Motors Lykan HypersportLos precios oficiales todavía no se han divulgado o verificado, pero sabemos que el primer súper coche del Medio Oriente está para venderse por $3.4 millones. Cuenta con un motor sobrealimentado de seis cilindros, una velocidad máxima de 395 km/h, y va de 0 a 100 km/h en sólo 2.7 segundos. W Motors Lykan Hypersport

W Motors Lykan Hypersport

2. Lamborghini Veneno Precio: $3.9 millones Lamborghini VenenoFue construido por el fabricante de vehículos italiano para celebrar el 50 aniversario. Viene con un motor V12 de 6.5 litros que produce 750 caballos de fuerza. La velocidad máxima se dice es de 355 km/h con un tiempo de 2.8 segundos de 0 a 100 km/h. Lamborghini Veneno
Lamborghini Veneno

1. Maybach Exelero Precio: $8 millones Maybach ExeleroEncabezando la lista otro año más, este colosal súper coche, es epítome de lujo y alto rendimiento, de extravagancia y de lo mejor. Fue encargado de 2 plazas estilo cupé, por Fulda, una empresa de neumáticos. Este súper coche acelera de 0 a 100 km/h en 4.4 segundos y alcanza una velocidad máxima de 351.5 km/h (218.38 mph). Maybach ExeleroEn términos de rendimiento, cuenta con un motor V12 doble turbo de 5.9 litros, 700 caballos de fuerza y 738 lb-pies de torque máximo. Su interior está hecho por encargo con especificaciones: en neopreno, aluminio, acabados de fibra de carbono y cuero. Sólo uno ha sido fabricado y fue comprado por el rapero Bryan “Birdman” Williams.
Maybach Exelero
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''Clásicos argentinos el Torino''

La historia de un mito argentino
 Revista Road Test Nro 20. Junio de 1992
Historia del Torino Aunque nació de un Rambler norteamericano, el Torino es tan argentino como el dulce de leche. Fue el primer auto que quebró la barrera de los 200 kilómetros por hora e hizo tambalear la polarización de toda la vida entre Ford y Chevrolet.
 Fue casi un sentimiento y su figura victoriosa en las carreras obtuvo tantos fanáticos como enemigos A fines de 1955, la Kaiser Corporation de Estados Unidos instala una filial industrial en la Argentina -más exactamente en Córdoba- que bautizará como Industrias Kaiser Argentina. Es el lanzamiento de uno de los emprendimientos automovilisticos más importantes del país y que se iniciaría con la producción de vehículos utilitarios (Jeep, Estanciera...) y del Kaiser Carabela, elaborado con las matrices del modelo Manhattan norteamericano.
Años después, IKA firma un convenio en el que intervienen American Motors y la Regie Renault tendiente a producir localmente algunos vehículos que el régimen proteccionista de entonces impedía importar. Por ello, el catálogo de IKA se amplió a una gama tan amplia como diversa que transportaba al comprador desde un Renault Dauphine hasta un Jeep, pasando por el Rambler Ambassador. Tal variedad no dio buenos resultados económicos aunque las cifras de ventas hayan sido considerables. IKA Renault necesitó imperiosamente un vehículo capaz de competir con Ford y Chevrolet que en esos momentos marcaban el paso con sus modelos Falcon y el 400. El Rambler, grande, pesado y poco aceptado por el público, debía ser reemplazado.
 El convenio con American Motors les permitió elegir un interesante auto americano como punto de partida: el Rambler American Rogue. Pero no era tan sencillo, pues las encuestas y estudios indicaban que el futuro auto de IKA Renault debía tener un toque local en su estilo que lo "despegara" de las tendencias netamente norteamericanas de la competencia. Historia del Torino El destacado carrocero turinés Pininfarina, aceptó la tarea de agregarle al Rambler Rogue un toque "latino" pero recomendando cirugía plástica solamente en la trompa y en el interior. El auto fue bautizado como Torino dándole una connotación italiana al célebre Toro de las pampas argentinas. Había en ello una segunda intención que pretendía vincular ese emblema con el "cavallino" de Ferrari quien, también, había sido representado en actitud desafiante, o con el Toro enojado de Lamborghini. Dos buenos espejos para reflejar la imagen de un auto que venía a ingresar al mercado con las más altas cifras de potencia y velocidad del mercado argentino.
 Los primeros estudios determinaron que el Torino debía recibir un motor de 2.000 o 2.500 cm3 como máximo. Sin embargo, los análisis posteriores revelaron como ideal el motor Tornado de seis cilindros producido por American Motors y con una cilindrada que variaba entre los 3.000 y los 3.800 cm3. Esa planta motriz fue reelaborada por los ingenieros de IKA Renault con la dirección técnica de Oreste Berta. El lanzamiento del auto se produjo en el Autódromo Municipal de Buenos Aires el 30 de Noviembre de 1966 por la mañana y fue recibido -por periodistas y público- como "el auto argentino" ya que sus constructores se guardaron muy bien de difundir los orígenes del auto.
 El impacto fue tremendo. Se presentaron aquel día tres modelos: un sedán con motor tres litros y caja de tres marchas, una cupé sin parantes con motor de 3.800 cm3, un carburador Holley y caja ZF de cuatro velocidades y una versión "top" bautizada como 380 W que estaba equipada con el mismo motor de 3.8 litros pero tenía tres carburadores Weber de doble boca, 200 caballos de fuerza y se le adjudicaban nada menos que ... ¡210 km/h de velocidad máxima!.
 Historia del Torino
 Del éxito al fracaso y viceversa El sedán de la línea Torino apuntaba directamente a competir con el Ford Falcon aunque con más equipamiento y mayor confort. Las cupés en cambio constituían una avanzada sobre un segmento del mercado que se contentaba con versiones más o menos deportivas de Chevrolet (Super Sport), Falcon (Futura) o Valiant (GT y otros inventos), o con algunos importados como Mercedes Benz. Sin embargo y pese al entusiasmo que levantaba a su paso y a sus éxitos deportivos (debutó y ganó en la Vuelta de San Pedro para Turismo de Carretera) los debuts de la gama Torino no fueron todo lo bueno que se esperaba. Las ventas seguían favoreciendo al Ford Falcon y durante los tres primeros años de producción, IKA Renault no pudo sobrepasar la barrera de los 15.000 autos producidos y vendidos. Del éxito de su lanzamiento se había pasado al cuasi-fracaso de los años siguientes. Los entusiastas de los "pur sang" se inclinaban por el Torino pero el gran mercado de compradores del Ford Falcon; conservadores, serios y cuidadosos, continuaban aferrados a la tradición comprobada.
Pero será fuera de las fronteras donde este auto comenzara a tomar sus primeros elementos de nobleza mecánica. Historia del Torino En agosto de 1969 tres Torino son inscriptos en las 84 Horas de Nürburgring en Alemania como una arriesgada operación publicitaria y deportiva.
La delegación la preside Juan Manuel Fangio, la coordinan Tibor Teleki y Carlos Lobosco, los motores son elaborados por el ingeniero Lepper y la asistencia en pista queda a cargo de Oreste Berta. El auto número 3 conducido por Eduardo Copello, Oscar Franco y "Larry" sorprende a sus rivales terminando primero en su categoría y cuarto en la clasificación general.
Por número de vueltas, el Torino hubiese ganado la carrera por dos giros de ventaja al segundo, pero una penalización les saca el triunfo absoluto de las manos.
Los orígenes del recargo sufrido suenan hoy como absurdos ya que el Torino debió parar en boxes para reparar el caño de escape y ello le valió una penalización de cinco vueltas sobre las reales que había recorrido. Pero fuese lo que fuese, la Marathon de la Route de Nürburgring será el suceso de Torino.
 La Argentina vivió despierta las noches que el Torino giraba en Alemania; en las oficinas las radios atronaban el aire y en las fábricas se paraban las líneas de producción mientras los relatores entre los que se destacaban Luis Elías Sojit e Isidro González Longhi, lanzaban a través del océano las hazañas de los Torino. Luego de Nürburgring se produce el "boom" del Torino y sus ventas crecen vertiginosamente.
 Luego de la locura post-Nürburgring IKA Renault lanza una serie de cinco modelos: dos versiones económicas con carburador simple (la cupé S y el sedán) y otras tres con carburador de doble cuerpo (las cupé GS y TS y el sedán TS). La alimentación por tres carburadores Weber fue suspendida del programa pero la serie más económica aumenta su potencia hasta 140 HP. Se convierte en un auto muy competitivo pues soporta muy bien los caminos del interior del país y el motor adquiere fama de robusto y confiable. Historia del Torino El Torino francés Entre 1970 y 1976, el Torino se convierte en el auto más vendido de la "gama alta".

 Adquiere notoriedad en todo el mundo y se sabe que dos berlinas fueron enviadas a Fidel Castro y Leonid Breznev y una cupé "full" fue comprada por el líder libio Kadhafi. Desde Brasil, Chile, Paraguay y Uruguay llegan pedidos de importación del Torino. Es un auto de moda. Durante toda su vigencia, el Torino recibió varias mejoras técnicas de mucha importancia pero es en 1973 cuando se produce el cambio más importante: un cigüeñal de siete bancadas en lugar del de cuatro y cambio de denominación ya que deja de ser Tornado su motor. Es en ese momento que la participación norteamericana en la compañia pasa a reducirse sensiblemente siendo la Regie Renault quien se convierte en el accionista mayoritario. En 1975, IKA Renault (adquirió ese nombre en 1967) abandona definitivamente su pasado estadounidense y pasa a denominarse Renault Argentina S.A. En el '76, el Torino es el único producto "no-Renault" fabricado por la empresa francesa. El R-12, tiene un gran suceso pero no es el momento de reemplazar al Torino. Y por ello se lanza una nueva versión -la cupé TSX- y dos años más tarde, la berlina Grand Routier que es considerada como un auto al nivel de los mejores sedanes del mundo.
 Pero en plena crisis energética, el consumo del Torino hace que mucho de sus potenciales clientes desaparecieran con razón: a 80 km/h el Torino consumía 12 litros cada 100 km. Diez años después de su lanzamiento, el Torino comienza a recibir duros embates. Su concepción técnica aparece desactualizada frente a los nuevos modelos que surgen en el mercado argentino provenientes de las empresas radicadas y de la importación. Hay, sin embargo, un último esfuerzo. En 1979 se presenta la última versión de la cual había desaparecido el Toro de la trompa reemplazado por el rombo de Renault. Todo es más moderno, más actual. Pero el nuevo auto no tiene el "charme" de su origen. Para Renault, los últimos tres años del Torino sirvieron para trabajar sobre el proyecto R-18 que, de alguna manera, vino a ocupar el puesto en la "gama alta" que había tenido el "auto argentino".
En 1982, el último Torino sale de la línea de montaje de Santa Isabel. Algo menos de 100.000 vehículos fueron producidos en ese lapso. El fin de una época en la historia del país automovilístico había terminado. Diseñado por apasionados del automóvil que estimularon su permanencia en la línea de producción, aún más tiempo de lo aconsejado, el Torino ha sido el único automóvil que producido en el país, ha sucitado una lealtad nacional tan profunda. Después de todo, tuvo la gran virtud de entrar en la mitología popular argentina. Por: Jorge Auge Bacque Fotos: Archivo Road Test, Archivo nacional, Renault Argentina,
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''Ford Focus 2015''

The new Ford Focus elevates the world's best-selling nameplate with a bolder, more emotive exterior design, a finely crafted, intuitive new interior, a suite of life-enhancing new technologies and major fuel economy improvements. Debuting at 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the new Focus's sporty character and driving appeal is burnished by a striking horizontal grille, a cockpit-inspired interior and available paddle shifters. The new Focus, on sale from the second half of 2014, also marks the European debut of SYNC 2, Ford's advanced in-car connectivity system, as well as the new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel engines. "We weren't satisfied with being No. 1; we wanted to blow people away with a stunning new version of the Focus," said Stephen Odell, president of Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa. "New Focus marries modern design, advanced technology and leading fuel efficiency with the fun-to-drive DNA for which Focus is rightly acclaimed." Ford first launched the Focus in 1998 and since then more than 12 million have been sold worldwide, including 6.9 million in Europe. The current Focus was confirmed last month as the world's best-selling vehicle nameplate based on Ford's analysis of the Polk registration data for the first nine months of 2013. Ford estimates Focus sales globally reached 1.1 million in 2013, including more than 300,000 in China, making it the best-selling passenger car in the fastest-growing new car market in the world. Ford Focus (2015) 2015 Ford Focus Sophisticated design Ford has crafted a more sophisticated and advanced Focus with a redesign that reflects the One Ford global design language that carries through the new Mondeo and Fiesta. Available in additional new exterior colours Deep Impact Blue and Glace Blue, the new Focus has a lower, wider stance, with a new bonnet, front fascia and grille. The bonnet is sculpted with a dynamic shape from the front pillar to the corners of the upper part of the inverted trapezoid grille to deliver a strong, proud look. Slimmer, more chiselled front headlamps and more rectangular, elongated fog-lamps add to the bolder front end. Subtle chrome details add to the feeling of elegance while the rear of the car also is sleeker with a new fascia and tailgate arrangement, as well as thinner tail lamps. "The vision was to add more emotion to the design of Focus," said Martin Smith, executive design director, Ford of Europe. "The new Focus is more toned, and more athletic, with more refined surface language; and clearly offers a promise of the drive experience to come." When redesigning the interior of the new Focus, Ford listened to consumer feedback and responded with a more intuitive layout, complemented by a steering wheel and central stack with fewer controls and switches. The new black satin trim and chrome detailing contribute to a cleaner, more modern look, and more logical and intuitive functions. The new centre storage console offers more space as well as a new sliding, integrated armrest. The new adjustable console accommodates a variety of bottles and cups with the capacity to simultaneously hold a 1-litre water bottle and a 0.4-litre cup. New Focus customers also will enjoy a quieter ride, achieved by thicker carpets, thicker side window glass, and improved engine bay insulation. "We've responded to a clear customer desire for more simplicity inside the car, creating a clearer visual connection between the key components and significantly reducing the number of buttons in the cabin," Smith added. Touch screen control with SYNC 2 The new Focus will be the first vehicle in Europe to offer SYNC 2. Ford's advanced in-car connectivity system features a high-resolution, 8-inch colour touch screen and advanced voice control for easier access to audio, navigation, climate control and compatible mobile phones. SYNC 2's navigation system also offers for the first time in Europe a split-screen display with detailed intersections, spoken street names, 3D highway junction and landmark views, and the MICHELIN guide and MICHELIN Green Guide. SYNC 2 enables drivers to issue simpler "one-shot" navigation destinations, and to ask the system to "play" a desired artist. Simply pushing the voice control button and saying "I'm hungry" will bring up a list of local restaurants, which you can then get directions to. Advanced driving technologies The new Focus takes the model's acclaimed fun-to-drive DNA up a level with enhanced handling and steering. Ford engineers have delivered a more solid, responsive and connected-to-the-road feel by increasing the structural stiffness at the front, revising the suspension geometry, increasing lateral stiffness of "steering-relevant" suspension bushes, retuning the shock absorbers and incorporating a new Electronic Stability Programme. The Electric Power Assist Steering also has been retuned to make the driver feel even more connected to the road. The new Focus is the first Ford to offer Perpendicular Parking, a new hands-free parking technology that helps drivers reverse into spaces alongside other cars. The current Focus introduced parallel parking aid Active Park Assist that, at the push of a button, uses ultrasonic sensors to locate parking spaces and steer the vehicle while the driver controls the accelerator and brake. The addition of two new sensors to the rear of the new Focus enables Perpendicular Parking to operate in the same way. The extra sensors also enable Ford to offer for the first time in Europe technologies that help drivers as they manoeuvre out of parking spaces: Cross Traffic Alert warns drivers reversing out of a parking space of vehicles that may soon be crossing behind them. Operating with radar at a range of up to 40 metres (131 feet), the system will issue three distinct warning signals if it detects a vehicle approaching Park-Out Assist helps drivers as they exit a parallel parking space. After the driver has chosen either the left or right hand side the system operates the steering while the driver operates the accelerator and brake Ford also has improved its popular Active City Stop collision avoidance system, which pre-charges the brakes and - if the driver still does not respond - reduces engine torque and automatically applies the brakes to reduce the impact of collisions. It has been enhanced to operate at speeds of up to 50 km/h, compared to 30 km/h with the current version. Ford also is introducing to Europe the Pre-Collision Assist system. This works in a similar way to Active City Stop but with a much greater vehicle detection range to support the driver at higher speeds, for example on the motorway, by issuing warnings and if necessary applying braking. The current Adaptive Cruise Control technology enables Focus drivers to maintain a set distance from the vehicle ahead, even when that vehicle is travelling more slowly than the cruise speed. For occasions when Adaptive Cruise Control is not active, Ford is now introducing to Europe for the first time the new Distance Alert and Indication system, which enables drivers to set a preferred distance they would like to maintain with the vehicle ahead. Should the driver get any closer, the system issues a three-stage dashboard display warning - from grey to yellow to red before a chime is sounded. New Focus also will be equipped for the first time with Ford's MyKey technology. MyKey enables owners to programme a key - usually for younger drivers - that restricts the top speed, reduces the maximum volume of the audio system, and can disable it altogether if driver and passengers are not using safety belts. The system can prevent the driver from deactivating safety technologies such as Electronic Stability Control and Active City Stop, which can help mitigate or prevent low-speed collisions. Lighting the way The improved Adaptive Front Lighting System now adjusts the beams of the new Bi-Xenon HID headlamps to best suit the road layout. The system assesses the ambient light surrounding a vehicle, as well as objects in the road ahead and then adjusts the headlight beam angle and intensity to one of seven settings depending on the vehicle's speed, steering angle and distance to an object in front. At high speeds, such as on a motorway, the headlights will be raised to project a longer, straighter beam for visibility further ahead; in towns where speeds are lower and street lighting more intense, the beam will spread out downwards to more intensely illuminate the road immediately ahead. When cornering at lower speeds, the system will project a beam towards the side of the road to make cyclists and pedestrians more visible. The system will support drivers cornering at higher speeds by directing light further into the bend. The new Focus will continue to offer previously introduced innovative features that drivers have come to appreciate and rely on, such as Door Edge Protector, which provides a buffer against accidental damage by extending a protective flap that covers the door edges a split-second after the door is opened. "New Focus offers a host of new and cutting-edge features and technologies, but at the same time this latest version has been refined and simplified," said Sherif Marakby, vehicle line director, Ford of Europe. "The sophisticated redesign has given Focus a new, fresh and modern style both inside and out, but the soul of Focus is the fun-to-drive feeling you get when you're behind the wheel, and we've not compromised on that - in fact, we've improved it." Fuel efficient new engines The new Focus offers significantly improved fuel efficiency on many versions compared to the current model thanks to new powertrain options. The most improved diesel model will offer a 19 per cent reduction in fuel consumption, while the most improved petrol model will offer a 17 per cent improvement. The new Focus will be the first vehicle in Europe to offer the fuel efficient new 1.5-litre EcoBoost (150 PS and 180 PS) petrol engine and also will be offered equipped with the new 1.5-litre TDCi (95 PS and 120 PS) diesel engine. The Focus will continue to be offered with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine (100 PS and 125 PS) that last year was chosen by a third of Focus customers, and was named the 2012 and 2013 International Engine of the Year. There will also be a new version of the 99 g/km CO2 1.0-litre EcoBoost, the first non-hybrid petrol family car in Europe to offer sub-100 g/km CO2 emissions. The 120 PS 1.5-litre diesel PowerShift automatic that will be introduced next year will offer a 19 per cent improvement compared to the equivalent-powered current Focus. The new Focus equipped with the automatic transmission and award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine that also will be introduced next year will offer a 17 per cent improvement over the equivalent powered engine it will replace. A 150 PS 2.0-litre TDCi diesel model will show a 14 per cent improvement when specified with a manual gearbox (13 per cent with an automatic transmission). "Diesel or petrol, the new Focus will offer engines that deliver a compelling combination of significantly improved fuel efficiency and surprising power - as well as the zero-emissions option offered by the Focus Electric, our electrified version," said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. "The new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine will directly benefit from technologies pioneered by the 1.0-litre EcoBoost - including an entirely new cylinder head design with improved cooling and integrated exhaust manifold for best possible performance and fuel efficiency, and reductions in weight and friction of both internal components and accessories to help deliver a more economical, smoother-running and freer-revving engine." The new Focus also will be available with paddle-shift controls that enable drivers to control gear changes while keeping their hands on the steering wheel. Paddle-shift controls will be available as an option with all automatic and PowerShift transmissions, both diesel and petrol. To meet growing customer demand for Focus, which is sold in more than 140 markets, Ford has now ramped up capacity worldwide to build the car in eight plants on four continents. Factories in Germany, U.S., Russia, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and Argentina have a combined capacity to produce more than 1.5 million Focus vehicles annually at a rate of more than two vehicles per minute. In Europe, Ford builds a new Focus every 90 seconds.

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