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Promwad partners with Asian chip vendors to offer cost-effective electronic designs in Europe

VILNIUS, Lithuania, 2017-Aug-04 — /EPR AUTOMOTIVE NEWS/ — Promwad Electronics Design House has partnered with leading technological fabless companies in China and Southeast Asia to offer its clients cost-effective electronics product development from the center of Europe and to manufacture any batch size of new devices with priority tech support.

Promwad was one of only a few design houses in the EMEA region authorized by Allwinner, one of the leading Chinese chip manufacturers. Promwad’s engineers design electronics based upon Allwinner components and provide tech support during the entire life cycle of the designed devices:

  • tablet PCs, multimedia and portable devices based on Allwinner SoC A series;
  • TV set-top boxes with OTT and IPTV based on Allwinner SoC H series;
  • dash cameras, video cameras and action cameras based on Allwinner SoC V series;
  • onboard multimedia systems for vehicles based on Allwinner SoC T series.

Allwinner was founded ten years ago; its headquarters are based in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China. In 2013 and 2014 this chip vendor was the world’s largest supplier of application processors for Android tablets.

Also Promwad became an official partner of Telink, Shanghai, and has significantly expanded its expertise in the fields of Bluetooth and BLE. This chip vendor specializes in Bluetooth and Zigbee for IoT and wearable electronics, remote controls, smart lighting and smart toys.

The engineers of Promwad have a lot of experience with the most popular chipsets of other vendors: TI CC265x, Silabs EFR32 Blue Gecko, Nordic nRF, Qualcomm/CSR10xx, and Dialog DA1458x. And now Telink TLSR826x BLE SoC has been added to this list; this system on chip has low power consumption, supports Zigbee, 6LoWPAN/Thread, and HomeKit.

Promwad maintains cooperation with the company Realtek from Taiwan and uses its chips to design network equipment from CPE – routers, gateways, WiFi hotspots to operators-side telecom equipment such as unmanaged and managed switches.

“Today the center of the semiconductor industry’s innovations and manufacture is shifting to Asia. Traditional chip vendors from the USA and Europe face growing competition from this region. Our customers demand functional and cost effective solutions to be designed at closer location such as Belarus or Lithuania and manufactured in Asia, that’s why establishing close links with Asian chip makers is a natural step for us,” says Ivan Kuten, the Business Developer of Promwad. “Namely by using such cooperation we cover our most growing capabilities in tablets, consumer gadgets, STB, CPE and multimedia devices. Now our customers in the EU and North America can create new hi-tech devices with controlled costs, tech support in English and manufacturing facilities in Europe or Asia.”

Contact-Details: Olga Potonya
olga.potonya@promwad.com
+370 (5) 214 12 44 ex.227

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What happens when charms of old school design meets high tech gizmos? Meet at Ariel Rider ebikes!

Under the care of Bann Industries, Ariel Rider is giving old school design a new lease of life. Cruiser bikes has always been viewed with a nostalgic gloss, but consumers are opening their eyes to what has become the game changer technologies, unique craftsmanships and styles. It’s all in the detail: perfectly hand stitched handlebar grips, smart trip computer on this unique ebike and finely tuned details. Now it’s hard to think how such a beautiful design features never come back alive again and overlooked before.

The all aluminum body has all the trappings of a pleasant hamlet and all benefits of a durable and lightweight structure. Yet it’s perhaps because of this equilibrium that it’s so eye catching!

The safety center of Ariel Rider has hot the top spot of ebike safety measures not just because of it’s daring control system, it’s advanced disc brakes and it’s LED lights but also it’s ability to define itself by turning on your lights when it’s dark outside. Charm of old school’s wonderful self-reinvention continues to impress.

The main purpose of this product is far beyond from just taking you from point A to B, but rather give riders an unparalleled riding experience. As in all of our products, Ariel Rider is also produced with one thing in mind: “Excellence is in details!”

Since we released our first brand ‘e-Bann’ (currently available in 17 countries’, got many sustainability awards and we’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from partners and customers: everyone loves the convenience of an ebike that brings to their lives. Keeping that in mind we don’t only manufacture the best products that we can, but we also provide a great customer service.

Learn more about Ariel Rider ebikes at: www.ArielRider.com

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In House Franchise Financing Available

Ultragloss is pleased to announce that they are now offering franchise financing. Their new franchise fee is 50% less than their original franchise fee and they’re financing it at a rate determined by the sales of the franchisee.

Ultragloss is a mobile automotive franchise that primarily services used vehicle dealerships. Their specialized products and technological advancements put them ahead of the competition. These products lower the amount of time their franchisees work on a vehicle, which may increase their profits with the added benefit of giving their clients great rates.

Ultragloss Automotive Appearance Specialists take pride in their work and their lot management. Their approach to the industry and the way in which they work with their clients to help them achieve their goal of selling more cars is what differentiates them from their leading competitors.

This company took a proven mobile franchise system and modernized it to meet the demands of the fast-paced automotive industry. Ultragloss has grown in times of economic recession due to the rising demand for used vehicles. It’s a great time to get into a franchise that refurbishes the very product we use everyday: our vehicles.

Now that Ultragloss is offering financing, the dream of mobile franchise ownership is possible for many who would have a hard time getting a traditional business loan.* So if you like cars, working with your hands, the outdoors, and the instant gratification that comes from improving something: Ultragloss is the franchise for you.

Key Benefits of The Ultragloss Franchise

Ultragloss is a growing brand that has been received well across North East Ohio and elsewhere in the state. Its fresh image leaves a lasting impression.

Given it’s a mobile franchise, there is less overhead when compared to a fixed location.

There’s stability because Ultragloss Automotive Appearance Specialists are trained to work with dealerships and become a part of the dealership’s team. This translates to regular, weekly business.

The security of knowing you are working with a dedicated franchise team who will not only train you from the moment you sign the franchise agreement, but they will also help you solicit accounts and get you started working on the lots. See Ultragloss training for more information by clicking here.

There is the added benefit of working in an in-demand industry that creates job security for franchisees. Dealerships grow to rely on Ultragloss services because they see the value of investing in an Ultragloss style repair that enables them to charge more for the vehicle than they would have prior to correcting the damage.

Is the Ultragloss Franchise Right for You?

Ask yourself these questions:

• Are you an independently hard worker, capable of self-starting and plugging into a proven system?

•Are you motivated to run your own business?

•Do you enjoy vehicles and working on them? Or are you planning to partner with someone who does?

•Do you like working outdoors?

•Do you enjoy working with your hands?

•Are you financially ready to take a leap into the realm of self-employment?

If you answered yes to those questions, what are you waiting for? With the new affordable franchise fee financing and proven mobile automotive system, apply today (http://ugafranchise.com).

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Motorists are Needlessly Wasting Fuel Through Ignorance

Whilst the usual focus of TorqueCars is on car tuning, they spend a lot of time educating drivers, making the roads a safer place and keeping the flow of traffic going.

The forums are full of tips and pointers from seasoned car tuners and enthusiasts from around the world making it a great destination for people looking for sound advice.

TorqueCars note that there are a few common mistakes drivers make that are costing them hundreds each year.

Poor maintenance of the car wastes money. Oil changes are vital and reduce wear and tear on the engine. Good quality oils can also save fuel by effectively reducing the friction in the engine. Low oil levels and using the wrong oil really accelerates engine wear and worn engines are less efficient and will use more fuel.

Additionally when filters get clogged up, air fuel and oil they add restrictions into the engine decreasing efficiency.

Tyre pressures make a big difference to your fuel consumption. Under inflated tyres can adversely affect your handling, in addition to wasting fuel. TorqueCars owner Waynne Smith says, “In the real world simple things like checking tyre pressures, adjusting your driving style and correctly servicing your car can make a massive difference to your motoring expenses and costs.”

Driving style and habits are certainly one of the biggest wastes of resources. Most inexperienced drivers are guilty of at least some of the following fuel wasting habits.

Driving too fast – this can waste around 15% of your fuel or more! Going at 50mph is a lot more fuel efficient than driving at 70mph. Every 5 mph over 70 uses exponentially more fuel.

Braking hard also wastes a lot of momentum. Just easing off the throttle earlier as you approach a stop or junction will also avoid wasting fuel.

There is also another top tip from TorqueCars. Choose the right gear! Contrary to popular belief being in too high OR too low a gear will waste fuel. Your aim should be to keep the car in it’s power band where it is most efficient. Going outside of this will not only waste fuel but will increase the wear and tear on your engine resulting in costly repairs.

In addition to these fuel saving tips there are some tuning modifications you can apply to your car to maximise your fuel. TorqueCars website goes into these in some detail and they range from remaps, internal engine work and modification to the wheels and tyres.

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Tokyo’s Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers in Asia

Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers which can be charged by AC power. Terra Motors’ prototype is completed this April, and they plan to produce 10,000 sets of electric 3-wheelers in 2013.

In Asian countries, 3-wheeler market has expanded rapidly, because it is cheap and freight is large, compare to cars. For example, in India, the number of three-wheelers is increasing twice by these five-years. And the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh also shows the same transition.

It is thought that electric-ization of the three-wheel taxi in Asia progresses rapidly, because of aggravation of air pollution, the high price and constant shortage of gasoline. For example, in India, gasoline cost has increased also 2.5 times by these ten-years, so the demand to the cut in fuel consumption by electric-izing is serious. By replacing a three-wheel taxi to electric one, the annual income of taxi driver can be raised by about 3 times.

They plan to establish branch office in India in this summer, and aim at world top share acquisition in 2014.

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Auto Windscreens wins major BGL contract

Auto Windscreens has won the exclusive glass supplier contract for BGL Group, which manages some of the UK’s most prestigious motor insurance brands including Post Office, M&S, RAC, Lloyds TSB and Halifax.

BGL Group is one of the largest personal lines insurance groups in the UK, providing insurance for 2.7 million customers nationwide. It employs more than 2,400 people at its head office and contact centre in Peterborough, and at additional contact centres in Coventry and Sunderland.

Commencing 7th January 2013, Auto Windscreens will handle glass repairs and replacements for all BGL Group customers. To meet demand, it has employed another 110 staff around the country and has opened four additional fitting centres in London, Surrey and the West Midlands, taking the number to 30.

Auto Windscreens’ Managing Director, Nigel Davies, said: “Winning BGL Group’s business is a fantastic way to end what has been a phenomenal year for Auto Windscreens. It’s also a great start to 2013 and we’re looking forward to showing even more people what Total Customer Satisfaction feels like!”

Davies continued: “With the ever expanding recognition of our high quality service and competitiveness the customer base at Auto Windscreens is going from strength to strength. This reinforces our strategy to be the preferred glass supplier to the insurance and fleet sectors.”

David Downie, Group Director from BGL Group, said: “Several million people buy a motor insurance policy from the BGL Group every year, so we need to be certain that they will receive excellent service from all our partners. Auto Windscreens have demonstrated that they can meet all our requirements for a high quality windscreen repair and replacement service, and we are pleased to have them on board”

For more information about Auto Windscreens, call 0800 999 5000 or visitwww.autowindscreens.co.uk. For more information about BGL Group, visit
www.bglgroup.co.uk.

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SEAT Offers 3 Years Of Worry-Free Motoring

SEAT Ireland has unveiled a quintet of special offers to take the stress out of buying a new car in 2013. The SEAT brand is enjoying a renaissance in Ireland, with two new models set to arrive in showrooms in the coming months: the generously-proportioned new Toledo, which goes on sale in November, and an all-new Leon, due to arrive in 2013.

However, SEAT customers won’t have to wait to avail of a host of new car offers. Buyers of all new SEAT cars from the newly revamped range can avail of 3% finance, one of the lowest rates available from any lender, as well as 3 years of free servicing which will take much of the worry out of both purchasing and owning a new car in 2013. Additionally, SEAT is offering 3 years roadside assistance, a 3 year car warranty and, for cars ordered before December 21st, there will be 3,000km of free fuel.

“In these challenging times customers will naturally look for a value proposition and we were able to realign all of our product range and add 10-15% of additional value either through price reductions or additional specification,” said Adam Chamberlain, Brand Director of SEAT Ireland. “Now, alongside a great product proposition, consumers have got very strong offers to allow them to have worry-free motoring for 3 years. Our cars are now more affordable and with these offers the SEAT range now offers truly great cars at great prices.”

More information can be found at www.seat.ie.

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Mitsubishi Motors’ next-generation Outlander on sale in Japan

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the launch of the all-new Outlander mid-size SUV for the Japan market at dealerships throughout Japan today. This will be a homecoming of sorts for the new Outlander after going on sale in Russia and Europe.

This successor of the previous Outlander core model (which sold about 660,000 units during its lifetime) harmoniously balances high levels of safety, high fuel efficiency, and extended utility to provide a “premium driving experience.”

The new Outlander represents the fusion of every facet of MMC’s car-building technology and knowhow. The focus for the new Outlander was on achieving a significantly refined look and feel that oozes quality in its exterior appearance, interior, and driving performance along with world-class safety features such as “e-Assist.” As a result it offers superior on-road safety performance with its advanced occupant safety features and high-performance 4WD drivetrain while also achieving excellent environmental performance through its extensive use of fuel efficiency technologies and reductions in weight.

Mitsubishi Motors’ next-generation outstanding Outlander

Outstanding Environmental Credentials
Designed to be eco-friendly, the Outlander accomplishes this with fuel efficiency and CO2 emission levels that are among the best in class with Outlander diesel models recording 5.8L/100km and 153g/100kms respectively.

The all-new Outlander is fitted with next-generation Smart MIVEC engines with variable lift and timing control and ECO Drive Assistant Function.

The Outlander is offered with a choice of petrol and diesel engines with a diesel six-speed automatic model introduced to the Outlander range for the first time. Available on the Outlander 4WD LS and Outlander Aspire, the 2.2-litre in-line four-cylinder turbo charged MIVEC engine provides a superior level of environmental performance, with CO2 emissions of 153g/100kms which is amongst the best in its class. With a lighter body weight of 1610kg achieved through the optimisation of the body structure, the use of high-tensile strength panelling and improved aerodynamics, the Outlander diesel engine delivers fuel efficiency of 5.8L/100kms.

Outlander 2WD ES models are powered by the petrol 2.0-litre MIVEC engine which produces fuel economy of 7.0L/100kms in five-speed manual transmission and 6.6L/100kms in Continuously Variable Transmission. Outlander 4WD ES models use the 2.4-litre MIVEC engine mated to Continuously Variable Transmission to deliver fuel efficiency of 7.5L/100kms.

Furthermore, the new Outlander is equipped with an eco-friendly driving system, ECO Drive, which notifies the driver when they are driving at maximum efficiency. Turning on ECO mode results in fuel-efficient driving with energy-saving control across the engine, air-conditioning and four-wheel drive systems.

Driving information from the ECO Drive mode is reviewed for each designated time period and a gauge is displayed using five leaves. This encourages the driver to learn and then adopt an environmentally-friendly driving style to achieve a ‘high’ score. This ECO score is displayed every three minutes during driving with a total score displayed for the time from ignition start to when it is turned off. The system also displays the status of environmentally-friendly driving in a bar graph, allowing drivers to understand the level of environmentally-friendly driving in real time.

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Mitsubishi Motors’ New-look ASX

MMAL’s CEO, Mutsuhiro Oshikiri, said the new-look ASX reflects Mitsubishi Motors’ global styling direction of Solid-Safe-Simple.

“The ASX is a popular vehicle in the Australian market and we are confident the new-look model will appeal to customers who want a versatile and stylish compact SUV,” Oshikiri said.

The ASX’s refined Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) provides a smoother, improved drive experience. Achieved through an adjusted relationship between throttle pedal opening and torque output, the new generation CVT delivers improved engine performance and acceleration.

As the best in class for fuel efficiency, using just 5.7-litres per 100 kilometres, the ASX 4WD Aspire six-speed manual is powered by a 1.8-litre turbo diesel engine. The CO2 emissions for this model are also low at 149 grams per kilometre. This economical performance is achieved via the variable valve timed diesel engine which features Mitsubishi’s MIVEC system, providing maximum outputs of 110kW of power and 300Nm of torque.

The ASX 2WD and ASX 2WD Aspire are powered by the fuel-efficient 2.0-litre engine that drives the front wheels through a choice of either five-speed manual gearbox or CVT and provides maximum outputs of 110kW of power and 197Nm. The 2WD ASX returns competitive fuel consumption figures of 7.9-litres per 100 kilometres in the CVT and 7.7-litres per 100 kilometres in the manual transmisson.

Already highly specified from a safety viewpoint with a five-star ANCAP rating, the ASX range utilises Mitsubishi’s acclaimed RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) structure, ASTC (Active Stability Control with Traction Control), Hill Start Control system, ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, and seven airbags, including driver and passenger front, side and curtain, and driver knee airbag as standard.

To complement the ASX’s refreshed exterior look, numerous interior and functionality upgrades have been made across the range including increased towing capacities of 1,300kg on petrol models and 1,400kg on diesel models.

Inside the cabin, chrome accents on the A/C dials and combination cluster meter give the interior a boost while the new sleeker steering wheel features easier to use controls.

A new audio system in the ASX 2WD features CD and iPod compatibility while the new generation audio display, available on 2WD and 4WD Aspire models, features a 6.1-inch full colour touch panel and rear-view camera with parking reference lines.

The ASX 2WD receives improved seat trim, steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth hands-free system. The Bluetooth hands-free system with steering wheel and voice controls boosts convenience, making it easier and safer to make phone calls on the road.

The newly introduced ASX 2WD Aspire has extra features above the ASX 2WD including 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome exhaust, front fog lamps and exterior chrome accents.

The interior of the ASX 2WD Aspire includes leather seat trim with heated front seats and power driver’s seat along with leather-look door trim and privacy glass.

Rain-sensing wipers and dusk-sensing headlamps make journeys in adverse conditions a little easier while the Smart Key system with one-touch start enhances the daily drive. The 2WD Aspire comes standard with reverse sensors and reverse camera to assist driver awareness and visibility.

Top of the range ASX 4WD Aspire builds on the two-wheel drive model’s specifications with the addition of panoramic roof as standard and an easier to use 4×4 button selector to switch between drive modes.

The ASX line-up is available in a range of colours including Starlight, Ironbark, White, Cool Silver, Black, Red and Titanium.

Mitsubishi retail offers a five year / 130,000 km new vehicle warranty, five year Roadside Assist and Capped Price Servicing for the first four years or 60,000 km of ownership on all new vehicles.*

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Mitsubishi Motors Refines the Legendary Pajero

Official Mitsubishi News – MMAL’s CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri said the new-look Pajero line-up caters for four-wheel drive enthusiasts at all levels.

“From the entry-level GLX to the luxury Exceed, there is a Pajero to suit all budgets and to cater for all on and off-road needs,” Oshikiri said.

The Pajero is available with a powerful, fuel-efficient 3.2-litre Common Rail turbo diesel engine with the option of a 3.8-litre MIVEC petrol engine in the Exceed model. The Common Rail turbo diesel delivers a massive 147kW of power at 3,800 rpm and 441Nm of torque at 2,000rpm while providing a smooth and fuel-efficient ride of 9.0L/100kms.

The MIVEC petrol engine option provides up to 184kW of power at 6,000rpm and torque of 329Nm at 2,750 rpm while delivering minimal fuel consumption of 13.5L/100km and a comfortable drive.

With such impressive power and torque, the Pajero’s huge three-tonne towing capacity means everything from a boat or caravan to a trailer can be towed with confidence. With flexible seating for up to seven people, the Pajero is the ultimate family car and because the third row of seats can be completely removed or folded and stored under the rear floor, there’s even more room to fit everything in. The addition of rear differential lock as standard across the 13MY Pajero range boosts the versatility of Mitsubishi’s legendary four-wheel drive.

The Pajero range offers outstanding occupant and driver safety utilising the latest Mitsubishi safety technology. Standard safety equipment includes Mitsubishi’s RISE body protection along with front driver and passenger, side and curtain SRS airbags and reversing camera to enhance driver visibility and awareness.

All Pajeros are equipped with MATT (Mitsubishi All Terrain Technology) which delivers superior off-road control and outstanding on-road safety and handling. To bolster the MATT package, 13MY Pajeros now come with rear differential lock as standard across the range. MATT incorporates a number of systems including Active Stability and Traction Control, ABS braking system with EBD and Super Select 4WD II. Super Select 4WD II lets the driver alternate between 2WD and 4WD modes at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour on any surface, making the switch from on-road fuel efficiency to off-road traction simple.

Available colour choices across the 2013 Pajero range include Cool Silver, Graphite, Champagne, Ironbark, Warm White, White and pearlescent Pitch Black.

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SEAT unveils the new Ibiza CUPRA

SEAT officially raises the bar in the supermini class with the introduction of the sensational Ibiza CUPRA. First shown as a concept during April’s Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, the Ibiza CUPRA is now unveiled in barely touched production form.

Performance is scintillating, with a 0-62mph time of just 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 142 mph, yet exceptionally efficient, with average fuel consumption of 47.9 mpg.

Due to arrive in the UK in January 2013, the new car follows more than 16 years of heritage. The CUPRA name was born in 1996 as a special, top-of-the-line Ibiza built to commemorate SEAT’s World Rally Championship victory in the 2.0-litre category. Since then a CUPRA has always featured in the SEAT model line-up, with the name adorning both the Ibiza and Leon ranges.

“The Ibiza CUPRA is one of the icons of the SEAT brand,” said James Muir, President of SEAT S.A. “Its stunning design and refined dynamics promise driving fun mile-for-mile. With its innovative technologies, upgraded interior and further improved quality, the new Ibiza CUPRA clearly shows how quickly and consistently our brand is continuing to develop.”

Powered by a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine that develops 180 PS and 250 Nm, owing to a turbocharger and a supercharger as well as direct injection, the latest Ibiza CUPRAhatchback is truly worthy of the name, and begins the next chapter of the CUPRA success story.

The TSI power unit guarantees exceptionally refined performance during day-to-day driving, while a unique sound actuator in the exhaust system allows for an extra sporty sound when the driver desires it. The seven-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic transmission with its extremely short shift times can be operated via paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.

The chassis of the Ibiza CUPRA has been tuned for maximum agility and precision. The ride height has been lowered compared to the standard car. An XDS electronic differential lock reduces the tendency to under steer and improves handling through fast corners, and an ESP electronic stability system incorporating hill start is part of the safety package that comes as standard on the Ibiza CUPRA. The car has been awarded the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.

The new Ibiza CUPRA is a dynamic supermini with a solid and powerful stance. The new face gets a broad grille and very forceful air intakes to emphasise the breadth, solidity and power of the car. The sophisticated design of the front headlamps shows the attention to detail inherent with SEAT workmanship.

The entertainment system in the Ibiza CUPRA is completely new and the high-performance audio system is enhanced by the innovative SEAT Portable System. The highly functional unit is removable for mobile use yet perfectly integrated into the vehicle electronics system. Its extensive functions include a navigation system, Bluetooth audio streaming, a Micro SD card slot for music storage, hands-free phone system with voice control, and an on-board computer.

Additionally, a ‘photo frame’ facility allows users to personalise their system with images, while a useful ‘notepad’ function allows occupants to set handy reminders, and the screen can act as a torch for users when they leave the car at night.

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SEAT Invests £650m In New Leon Production

SEAT has started production of the new Leon hatchback at its factory in Martorell, Spain. The all-new model is the result of an overall investment of 800 million euros (c. £650m), primarily in vehicle research and development, and production facilities.

The stunning new SEAT Leon, which was unveiled at September’s Paris Motor Show, will drive the international expansion of SEAT and will increase production at the Martorell plant, where it will be built alongside the Ibiza, Altea, and Exeo – together with the Audi Q3.

The five-door hatchback is the first of the new Leon model family, which by 2014 will include a sleek three-door variant and a practical five-door estate. This approach mimics the blueprint of the hugely successful Ibiza range, and will help the Leon become a key competitor in the compact segment in Europe – which accounts for 38% of total car sales.

The production of the new Leon is not only great news for family car buyers, it’s also a big boost to the economy, ensuring 1,600 jobs on the Martorell production line plus more than 6,000 throughout the supply chain.

Dr. Andreas Tostmann, SEAT Executive Vice President for Production, said: “With the new Leon we have increased productivity by 10% and become more flexible, thus guaranteeing optimisation of production costs.”

Together, the first two generations of the Leon achieved total global sales of 1.2 million units, beginning with 1999’s original model and continuing with 2005’s second generation car. SEAT expects a continuation of this success story when sales of the all-new car begin this year in Europe. UK sales begin early 2013 – a year that will also see the global motor show debuts of the three-door and estate versions.

The new SEAT Leon is underpinned by the Volkswagen Group’s latest MQB modular transverse platform, providing a significant reduction in manufacturing time compared with the second generation Leon.

The platform also offers greater flexibility, enabling production of the three versions of the Leon as well as Altea variants all on the same line. SEAT has also adapted its manufacturing processes to ensure the highest levels of precision and quality, by the use of latest-generation technologies such as laser welding and measurement, as well as hot stamping.

The new Leon is the first all-new production vehicle to display SEAT’s latest design language, and signals an enormous step forward for the brand, equipped with a host of ground-breaking technology for improved safety and enhanced connectivity; it is the first in its class to offer full LED headlights as an option.

It is 90 kilograms lighter and 52 millimetres shorter than its predecessor, improving fuel consumption and handling, yet it has more interior passenger space and luggage capacity. Every new Leon from launch is equipped with Start/Stop technology for greater efficiency – on average it consumes 15% less fuel than the previous generation.

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Cadillac Sponsors 2012 Winter Park Concours d’Elegance

Cadillac will be the primary sponsor of the 2012 Winter Park Concours d’Elegance, taking place Nov. 11 in Old Winter Park, Fla.

Winter Park Concours d’Elegance is one of the most prestigiously-ranked and exotic classic car shows in the United States. During the one-day event, Winter Park’s downtown Park Avenue area will be closed, allowing up-close access to individual autos and automotive groupings. Accenting the event will be music and dining, all combining to make the Concours d’ Elegance a special day for visitors to Winter Park.

“Cadillac is pleased to support 2012 Concours d’Elegance,” said Dave Fitzwater, Cadillac Regional Director, Southeast Region. “Our brand is synonymous with luxury and design and we look forward to being a part of the beautiful display of classic cars that will be showcased.

A free event to the public, Concours d’Elegance is expected to draw more than 75,000 attendees, many of them from outside the Central Florida area.

“Between the classic car exhibitors and the people who travel to Central Florida to see the classic cars, we anticipate as many as 5,000 out-of-area attendees,” according to Tim Weber, who oversees the 2012 Winter Park Concours d’Elegance.

The three day automotive celebration begins with a ticket-only event at Sanford International Airport on Friday, Nov. 9 and concludes with the Concours event on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com.

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President of Volkswagen AG reiterates the commitment of the group to Spain

Dr. Martin Winterkorn, president of the Volkswagen AG Board of Directors, has participated in the Hispano-German Entrepreneurs Meeting, which took place in the executive headquarters of the government, and which counted on the presence of the President of Government, Mariano Rajoy, and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

“Volkswagen will continue its close link with Spain in the future,” assured Dr. Winterkorn during his address before the heads of the principal German and Spanish companies. According to the president of the Volkswagen Group, Spain has played an exemplary role in the last few weeks, having taken brave but successful decisions. “Of course, results are not achieved from one day to the next, but the direction is the correct one. I am sure that they will be achieved,” he added.

The President of the Volkswagen AG Board of Directors highlighted the role of the Group within the automobile industry in Spain: “The activities of our Group represent 25% of the Spanish automotive industry and, with the SEAT brand, Volkswagen and Audi, we are among the companies with the highest volume of business in Spain. Besides, we are the major industrial investor in the area of research and development, and we employ more than 18,000 people between the factories of Pamplona and SEAT Martorell.”

Regarding the current situation of the automobile market Dr. Winterkorn pointed out:
“It is true that SEAT is especially suffering the steep drop of the domestic Spanish market, but it is also true that it has the product and the adequate team, so that when the market recuperates, the brand will grow exponentially. SEAT will continue to be a fundamental element in the global strategy of the Volkswagen Group,” he added.

Dr. Winterkorn also made reference to “the high rate of youth unemployment,” which poses “a complicated mortgage upon the future of Europe. Facing it should be the political as well as the economic objective.” He also confirmed the commitment of the company to future generations: “With the ‘Start Up Europe’ Program, we are creating professional opportunities for young engineers. And also here in Spain we are manifesting our commitment with the implementation of dual training,” he said.

“The Volkswagen Group is a perfect example for demonstrating that the ‘European Idea’ has future potential. We have 12 brands in 7 countries of the EU that work together successfully. At Volkswagen, we believe in Europe. And we are willing to give our support so that Spanish and European industries can be strong and solvent in the future,” he concluded.

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No Nap Device, Inexpensive, Light Weight, Keeps You Awake While Driving, Help To Avoid Road Accidents

No Nap. If you are feeling drowsy but needed to keep yourself on the road and just want to make it to your destination as soon as possible without causing a major accident. No Nap is a small, easy to use, device that will keep you and others safe during a long, drowsy drive. All you need to do is turn the device on, adjust the wake up angle switch, and place it behind your ear. This gadget has been popular with truckers who spend long hours on the road and it could be useful for keeping many others safe on the highway as well.http://www.thenonap.com/

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Solutions Group Accelerates Awareness of Decelerator With Twitter, Facebook and Internet Search Optimization

Sean O’Neil, CEO of Solutions Group Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SOLU), revealed that the Company has increased public awareness of two of its foremost product lines, the automotive Decelerator to stop SUA, and the iDrive vehicle event onboard recorder, through creating their presence on Facebook and Twitter, while optimizing its search engine presence by engaging Best Online Results of Austin, Texas. The new programs already have resulted in enabling the public to view the Decelerator in action on Comcast in New England by simply entering 888 at their menu options.

Solutions Group Accelerates Awareness of Decelerator With Twitter, Facebook and Internet Search Optimization

Mr. O’Neil stated, “We have to expand our reach out to the public and we are working to do that through traditional marketing channels, but with such a widespread problem we have decided to accelerate the delivery of our message through many new online media marketing channels.”

Joshua Geary, Principal of Best Online Results, added, “Our main goal is to leverage the Internet, communicate through every available online voice and more effectively increase Solution’s reach and engage consumers concerned about sudden unattended acceleration. We are doing that through a comprehensive online strategic marketing approach including video, social media and online press marketing.”

Solutions Group Inc. and its iDrive and Decelerator products divisions can be found on Facebook as “SOLUTIONS GROUP,” “DECELERATOR” and “IDRIVE – vehicle monitoring system.” You are invited to follow Solutions Group Inc. and its products on Twitter under “SOLU805” (Solutions Group), “theDecelerator” and “idriveX1.”

For more information please visit our website at: http://www.SolutionsGroupCorp.com

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GQ Unveils The GQ Citroën Concept Car

GQ has created made to measure suits, personalised aftershaves, handmade shoes and limited-edition accessories, it has given its name to racehorses, bars and houses. So it was only a matter of time before GQ took its penchant for the bespoke to its logical conclusion: its very own concept car. Working with French automotive design legends Citroën, and with a smattering of Savile Row magic, GQ presents the GQ Citroën concept car.

GQ Unveils The GQ Citroën Concept Car

Dylan Jones, Editor of GQ, commented, “I wanted something practical, something cool and something idiosyncratic. The GQ car needed to have the “want” factor, but it also needed to look, feel and “drive” like the sort of car no sane man could ignore. We think it looks very, very special.”

Having taken a brief from Dylan Jones, Citroën’s team, lead by British designer Mark Lloyd, took a GT body style and blended it with classic Citroën detailing. Combining classically sophisticated features and contemporary styling with a sculpted front end, rounded rear, strong body contours and sleek concave rear windscreen – a signature Citroën design.

The minimalist interior detailing and upholstery was provided by Patrick Grant, the Creative Director of Savile Row tailors, E. Tautz. The car’s cabin is accessed by rear coach doors, opening to reveal a spacious, comfortable and futuristic cabin.

Dynamic performance and environmental responsibility were also key requirements for this project. The car is powered by a plug-in Hybrid with a 1,598 cc, 4-cylinder direct injection petrol engine offering a sporty 0-60mph in a time of just 4.5 seconds, an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph and CO2 emissions of just 80g/km.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Designer of Citroën’s International Projects added, “Where this car works so well with GQ is that it fits with the current attitudes of conspicuous consumption. It is understated rather than in-your-face, sleek rather than macho. With the skill of a Savile Row tailor on the car’s interior we have achieved that bespoke, fitted feel, both inside and out.”

Domagoj Stefan Dukec, Citroën’s Design Supervisor, commented; “For me, the car that has always represented the pinnacle of automotive excellence and refinement is the GT – the Grand Tourer. It is not the all-out sports car, rather it is something gentlemanly, it has performance and it is for travelling, not racing. We wanted to create something that, like GQ, was aspirational, but also retained the classic automotive ideals. We didn’t want a car for the mass market. We wanted a car for GQ.”

The GQ Citroen concept car is featured in the April issue of British GQ, and car was revealed in the “flesh” on the 4th March at a private event in central London.

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DragonFire Racing Takes Over Round 3 and 4 in Lucas Off Road Racing Series

DragonFire Racing, a leader in custom performance racing vehicles, accessories and custom racing performance parts, today announced that its team took top finishing positions at the Lucas Offroad Racing series in Surprise Arizona earlier this month. Saturday started with Jerry Welchel winning Unlimited 2, Todd Romano taking third in Unlimited UTV and Hans Waage taking first in Limited UTV on Sunday.

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“It was some amazing racing and thanks go out to my staff and friends for making it all happen ,” said Todd Romano, spokesperson for DragonFire Racing. “We are in a great position to take three different point championships and are excited with the progress the team is making. The weekend would not have been a success without the help of our sponsors: Team Green Kawasaki, FOX Racing, ITP Wheels and Tires and Gear One.”

The Lucas Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) combines the traditions of midwest, short course off road racing with a West Coast influence. LOORRS brings intense side-by-side action on tracks that test the most seasoned racers. The 2009 LOORRS season features tracks in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Primm, Nev. And Surprise, Ariz.

DragonFire Racing is an industry leader in the performance racing field and a one stop shop for fabrication, paint, performance and protection for stock and custom ATV, Side-by-Side and other off road racing vehicles. In addition to the Yamaha Rhino parts, racers can find a wide selection of ATV exhausts and side-by-side parts, for all major brands including the Polaris Razer, Kawasaki Teryx, Arctic Cat Prowler and Honda Big Red parts.

With a 10,000 square foot corporate facility and newly opened retail facilities in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and San Diego, Calif., DragonFire Racing has grown to be a reliable and preferred solution for outdoor racing enthusiasts. For more information on the Yamaha Rhino 700 EFI or DragonFire Racing, please visit http://www.DragonFireRacing.com.

About DragonFire Racing
DragonFire Racing is a leader in custom racing performance parts and accessories for Yamaha Rhinos Performance, Sand Rails, Pre-Runners, Arctic Cat Prowlers, Polaris Rangers, Kawasaki TeryxSide X Side parts, ATVs with headquarters in Mesa, Arizona. Focused on building performance accessories and turnkey race vehicles, DragonFire Racing delivers high performance parts and vehicles to customers and dealers worldwide. DragonFire Racing has franchises in California and Arizona. For more information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.DragonFireRacing.com.

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Visionstat™ Portable, A New Transportable Wireless Camera System Which Provides A Safe And Convenient Solution For All Types Of Towing And Hitch Applications

Mobile Awareness, LLC, a provider of leading-edge transportation safety products, today announced VisionStat™ Portable, a new transportable wireless camera system. VisionStat™ Portable provides a safe and convenient solution for all types of towing applications, visual security, temporary use for backing and observation of valuable cargo.

The VisionStat™ Portable camera system is cost-effective, easily installed, and allows the driver to back-up and align a towing vehicle using the removable, handheld monitor with a 2.4” LCD screen. The Night Vision enabled camera has a magnetic base to allow for flexible mounting which can be adapted for visual security purposes. Both the handheld monitor and the camera can be charged using either the vehicle power adapter or the plug-in AC adapter (both included) and can be conveniently stored after use.

“Mobile Awareness recognizes that vehicle owners and businesses want flexible, effective and affordable camera systems that improve their vehicle safety environments,” says Brandon Stotsenburg, Director of Sales & Marketing at Mobile Awareness“Our VisionStat™ Portable color video system provides a transportable camera at a price which will allow RV and utility truck customers to safely back their vehicles, align them for hitching and monitor valuable cargo during transportation.”

Additional features include the ability to switch camera views, to reverse the image when aligning a hitch, as well as adjust contrast and brightness on the portable monitor. Wireless camera transmission capability is up to 300 feet with night vision range of approximately 15 feet.

Stotsenburg concludes, “VisionStat™ Portable has a one-year warranty and provides a truly affordable and flexible color camera system for our customers who need a temporary system, but still want many of the safety benefits that they have come to expect from Mobile Awareness.”

About Mobile Awareness
Cleveland, Ohio based Mobile Awareness, LLC™ designs and markets leading-edge, affordable transportation safety products. The company provides integrated accident prevention solutions for commercial transportation professionals with its VisionStat™ Wired & Wireless Vehicle Camera Systems, TireStat™ Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) and SenseStat™ Wired & Wireless Obstacle Detection Sensor Systems. For more information, please contact Mobile Awareness, Toll Free: 866-653-5036 or visitwww.MobileAwareness.com

Mobile Awareness…Reducing the Total Cost of Safety™

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Innovative Car Diagnostic Tools are showing a steady increase in online demand for DIY car enthusiasts

Innovative Car Diagnostic Tools are showing a steady increase in online demand for DIY car enthusiasts and diagnostic vehicle repair shops. With new vehicle technologies DIY vehicle owners and top of the line repair facilities demand a easy to use, quick, and reliable diagnostic scanning tool. Gone are the days when an auto repair person could diagnose a vehicle problem using a timing light to fix the vehicle.

Today’s top DIYers and top car repair facilities must be able to read a vehicle’s diagnostic trouble codes, live vehicle sensors, inspection/maintenance system test results to determine the service a vehicle requires. Saving money on costly diagnosis time is a necessity for auto repair facilities. Time is money and the car diagnostic tools available at One-Stop-Electronics will save you time so you can fix it right the first time.

With this growing car diagnostic tools demand, One-Stop-Electronics has created a car diagnostic tools interface supply website to supply these high end diagnostic needs. One-Stop-Electronics has modified the hardware interface design to support the latest software browser for automotive diagnostics, data acquisition and virtual dashboards.

You will find innovative car diagnostic tools that work with the On Board Diagnostic – OBDII Solutions, includes scanner, code reader, key programmer, clear codes, read sensors and service resetting and more!

Available car diagnostic tools for sale on the website include ALDL, BMW Scanner, Carradio Code Calculator, KWP2000, NEC Programmer, SI-Reset, Star Diagnostics, Techopro, and Uniscan. Hot and in demand Interfaces include: Carsort, Chiptuning, ELM, Nissa, Opel, and VAG.

Vehicle Brands include: Audi, Bosch, BMW, Citroen, Chrysler, Fiat, Ferrari, Hyundai, Mercedes, Opel, Renault, Seat, Skoda, and Volkswagen.

Prices are lower than the regular online brand name price since One-Stop-Electronics has partnered with several top notch firms to pass their buying power on to you!

All orders offer free shipping and the safe, secure PayPal payment processor.

For more information, please visit One-Stop-Electronics at one-stop-electronics.com Call +852 29409172 or email: poseidon.cindy@gmail.com or chat to flukehandy@hotmail.com.

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