Ultra-Luxury 600bhp BMW 7-Series Revealed
Feb12

Ultra-Luxury 600bhp BMW 7-Series Revealed

Every prestigious chauffeur car has its high-powered and ultra-luxury big brother, and now it’s time for the all-new 7-Series to receive the five star treatment. With TwinPower Turbo technology incorporated for the first time, the new M760Li xDrive V12 produces 600hp and 800Nm of torque. It’s harnessed by a highly sophisticated chassis specifically tailored to the model, and deployed to the road via BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system with a rear-bias for more dynamic handling. The new model is instantly recognisable thanks to the M Performance body enhancements, specific trim details and unique 20-inch alloy wheels. An active quad exit exhaust system ensures that, when desired, the presence of the new M760Li xDrive V12 can be heard as well as seen. Inside, the M760Li xDrive V12 retains the luxurious ambience of the new BMW 7-Series, but adds sporting elements such as the M Performance steering wheel and illuminated V12 logo and exclusive M pedals. Naturally, the specification of the car is extremely high, with a long list of comfort, convenience, safety and dynamic driving features. For chauffeurs in a hurry, the M760Li can accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds and on to a governed top speed of 155mph, with an official combined fuel consumption figure of 22.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 294g/km. BMW’s permanent all-wheel-drive system, xDrive, is also an integral part of the new model. This intelligent system is able to distribute torque between the front and rear axle without restriction, and for this variant has been given a rear-wheel bias in-line with its M Performance character. As standard, M760Li customers get BMW Icon adaptive LED headlights with anti-dazzle High-beam assistant, the keyless Comfort Access system and Dynamic safety to optimise occupant protection. Electrically adjustable Comfort seats at the front and rear, BMW Gesture control, sunblinds for the rear windscreen and rear windows. Clients are presented with deep-pile floor mats for the rear compartment, Exclusive Merino leather trim with extended features, an Alcantara headliner, Fineline black fine wood trim with high-gloss metal effect are also included to name but a few. The BMW super-limo is to arrive in the UK towards the end of 2016, with prices being announced nearer the time. For information on the BMW Chauffeur Programme, click here. Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom...

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All-New Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers clients class-leading comfort
Jan11

All-New Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers clients class-leading comfort

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the all-new E-Class at the Detroit Motor Show, promising incredible efficiency and increases luxury levels. The tenth-generation of the Chauffeurs favourite saloon will house a number of world-first technical innovations with an all-new experience for the infotainment and controls. A newly developed diesel engine coupled with lightweight design and record-breaking aerodynamics figures set the standards for efficiency in this segment, while new, optionally available multi-chamber air suspension ensures outstanding ride comfort and driving dynamics. The interior of the new E-Class includes two next-generation high-resolution displays, each with a wide screen diagonal of 12.3 inches – a first in this segment. Beneath their shared glass cover, the two displays visually conflate into a wide-screen cockpit that seems to be hovering in thin air, creating a central element that emphasises the horizontal orientation of the interior design. In addition, touch-sensitive control buttons (‘Touch Controls’) on the steering wheel make their first appearance in a car. Like a smartphone interface, they respond precisely to horizontal and vertical swiping movements, allowing the driver to control the entire infotainment system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. In keeping with the motto “hands on the wheel, eyes on the road“, this allows achieving minimum driver distraction. High-quality materials define the interior style. They include open-pore woods, wood in a yachting look with flowing lines as a contemporary interpretation of inlaid wood and a novel metal fabric. The use of authentic materials is continued in the leather-covered doors and the beltline for selected lines. Another Mercedes hallmark clearly in evidence is the high-quality look and feel created through meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship. The new E-Class will come with a choice of two engines at market launch: the E 200 with a four-cylinder petrol engine and the E 220 d with an all-new four-cylinder diesel engine. Further model variants will be added to the range after the market launch, including the E 350 e featuring hybrid technology. The PLUG-IN HYBRID impresses with its dynamism and efficiency, allowing around 30 kilometres of purely electric and therefore locally emission-free driving. Its four-cylinder petrol engine, in conjunction with a powerful electric motor, gives it a total system output of 205 kW (279 hp) with a system torque of 600 Nm. With this set-up, the E 350 e achieves the performance of a sports car yet consumes less fuel than a small, compact-class car. The most powerful diesel variant will boast a six-cylinder engine incorporating advanced SCR exhaust technology, with an output of 190 kW (258 hp) and a peak torque of 620 Nm. Another variant to join the range...

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Mercedes-Benz gives a glimpse into new E-Class interior
Dec08

Mercedes-Benz gives a glimpse into new E-Class interior

Confirmed as the chauffeurs favourite car in many surveys carried out by TheChauffeur.com over the past 13 years, the new E-Class is coming to life. The manufacturer has revealed some images of the new luxury interior we can expect to see within the chauffeur industry in 2016. The images show the massive dual display which measure 12.3 inches per unit that according to Mercedes ‘appear to hover in space’. The wide-screen instrument cluster is optionally available with COMAND Online. Instead, the entry-level model of the new E-Class combines two tube-type round dials and a 17.8 cm colour display cluster with a central display with a 21.3 cm screen diagonal. The round dials, instrument cluster and central display are installed in a single frame with a high-gloss piano-lacquer look. In a further innovation, the new E-Class is the first ever car to integrate touch control buttons in the spokes of the multifunction steering wheel. Like the surface of a smartphone, the buttons are touch-sensitive and therefore respond precisely to horizontal and vertical finger swipes. This allows the driver to control every function of the infotainment system in the same simple, logical and intuitive manner as with a smartphone without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. A further input option, familiar from the C-Class, is offered by the touchpad on the centre console. This, too, allows all functions to be controlled by single or multi-finger gestures (multitouch). The touchpad also permits letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting. Having recognised the handwritten characters, the system reads them out to enable blind operation without the driver having to divert their attention from what is happening on the road. The new E-Class can also be controlled by direct buttons, such as for controlling the air-conditioning system or – in another first – for simple activation/deactivation of certain driver assistance systems. Passengers in the E-Class can enjoy a new control experience with high-resolution visualisations and animations, the developers have focused on the use of newly implemented presentation and display techniques to make it more intuitive – for the driver to register and experience information. For example, animated displays are used to show the mode of action of assistance systems, or of DYNAMIC SELECT. The likewise animated ECO display in the instrument cluster helps the driver to adopt an economical driving style in an easily understandable manner. Depending on the transmission, the new E-Class comes with two differently designed centre consoles. Models with automatic transmission have a straight-through centre console, with dynamically rising, sportily high connection to the cockpit, by a control panel in a “Black Panel” glass look....

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Could LWB Range Rover be the ultimate chauffeur car?
Dec02

Could LWB Range Rover be the ultimate chauffeur car?

If you decided to offer your clients the pinnacle of chauffeur cars and the height of luxury, your mind would probably jump to the likes of a Rolls-Royce, Bentley or Maybach. All of these of course offer acres of legroom and enough luxuries to put the Dorchester to shame, but with the cheapest of these super-luxury limos costing £165,000, it’s time to think again, as there’s another option which could see you with £60,000 back in your wallet. Every winter, you’ll always come across an article from me banging on about how chauffeurs should be embracing 4×4 vehicles, enabling them to give a full service to their customers – this winter will be no different and I’m pleased to see a few more 4×4’s appearing in fleets over the past few years. So, wouldn’t it be great to be able to transport passengers in whatever mother nature throws at you and allowing the client to enjoy S-Class levels of luxury – enter the Range Rover long-wheelbase. Not only is it a British icon, but the latest version which appeared on our roads in 2012, is not only more pleasing to the eye than ever before, but Jaguar Land Rover has cleverly slotted an Jag XJ style interior into the Rangie, offering superb luxury levels. Our test vehicle for this report came in Hybrid form – under the bonnet a 3.0 V6 diesel, boosted by an electric motor with a Co2 figure of just 169g/km. A few options such as adaptive LED headlights, full panoramic roof, head-up display and £4,000 worth Meridian audio system making our test car come in at £118,810 on-the-road. First, let’s deal with the disappointment of the Hybrid system. We must remember the Range Rover LWB weighs 3 tonnes, and just to move it off the line takes the energy of a small power station anyway. Although the latest Range Rover has a massive weight saving over its predecessor, chauffeurs expecting to be wafting through the city in silence and using electric power will have bit of a shock. The full range of the electric motor when fully charged is 1 mile – no, it’s not a typo – 1 mile! The price of hearing the diesel engine cut in and out every few seconds will cost you a mere £4,000. The combined MPG of the Hybrid is listed to be 45mpg, the best I managed across seven days was 37, so my personal engine choice would be the 4.4 SDV8 diesel, with a base price of £106,000. So, what can you expect in return for half the value of a modest two bed mid-terrace house?...

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Go anywhere Mercedes-Benz offers S-Class luxury on and off-road
Nov13

Go anywhere Mercedes-Benz offers S-Class luxury on and off-road

For chauffeurs who prefer to be able to drive whatever the weather, the Mercedes-Benz GLS is now on sale. The new seven-seat luxury SUV is priced from £69,100 and combines luxury with comfort, agile dynamics and best-in-class safety according to Mercedes. The new GLS features improved efficiency, the latest AIRMATIC air suspension system with ADS adaptive damping system, a nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, state-of-the-art driver assistance systems and the latest telematics with internet access. The standard specification includes the latest generation of COMAND Online including an 8-inch screen and touchpad, leather upholstery; memory front seats, Harmon Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system, panoramic electric sunroof, parking package with 360° camera, lane tracking package including Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist, Keyless-GO comfort package, three-colour ambient lighting and heated seats in the front two rows. The designo Line brings even more luxurious appointments, including designo nappa leather upholstery with diamond pattern quilting; heated and cooled front seats; a heated steering wheel; four-zone climate control including the third row of seats; temperature-controlled cup holders; and interior air ionisation with filter. Also included is the Active Curve System, which uses active suspension stabilisers to help reduce the rolling motion of the vehicle in mid- and high-speed bends. The GLS 350d uses a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, which produces 258 hp and 620 Nm of torque, and emits 199 g/km of CO2 (down from 209 g/km). An optional off-road package for the 350d adds a centre differential lock; low-range gearbox; extra modes for the DYNAMIC SELECT system and three additional heights for the suspension, to increase ground clearance to 306 mm and wading depth to up to 600 mm. Also included are underbody protection panels, and an off-road function for the headlights. [print_gllr...

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Lexus hints at next generation of LS Chauffeur vehicle
Oct29

Lexus hints at next generation of LS Chauffeur vehicle

Japanese manufacturer Lexus has revealed a stunning new four-door coupe concept vehicle which could suggest new technology for the next generation of the LS. At 5.3 metres long, and features all-wheel drive, the LF-FC (Lexus-Future, Fuel-Cell), and contains a high output fuel cell power system powering the rear wheels, and sends power to two in-wheel motors in the front. The strategic placement of the fuel-cell stack at the rear of the vehicle, power control unit at the front and T-formation configured hydrogen fuel tanks result in front and rear weight distribution optimal for a sporty saloon car. BMW has beaten Lexus to one of its new innovations – gesture control. The LF-FC has a similar feature where a small holographic image on the centre console indicates where the system can interpret your hand gestures to control the audio system and ventilation. Lexus says the rear seats have been designed for those who enjoy being driven, offering a reclining feature and plenty of head and knee space. High-quality aniline leather on the seats, doors and dashboard enhances the level of luxury of the interior. Although the LS has never been widely used a chauffeur car in the UK’s industry, the next generation, likely to be with us in 2017, promises to take on most other luxury cars. [print_gllr...

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