2014 – PEUGEOT QUARTZ CONCEPT

PEUGEOT has been consolidating its leadership in the crossover market since 2009. With the Quartz concept, the brand reveals its new vision for the segment, associating the expression of a new generation of SUVs with its high performance models. Both the exterior and the interior sport an original sporting aspect, reinforced by a striking design and innovative materials such as basalt stone, fabrics obtained by digital weaving and antique leather.  With the Exalt and Quartz concepts, the Brand presents its vision of high-end vehicles. PEUGEOT is committed to developing unique concepts for its customers through design excellence, the use of innovative materials and unmatched driving sensationsThe strength of PEUGEOT’s style lies in its ability to efficiently develop a sedan, a hatch or a crossover, creating that kind of sleek car that people really would like to owVidal, PEUGEOT Style Directo super sports croe strong, powerful and sporty style of the Quartz concept is totally evident. Its sculptural design associates the exterior of an SUV and the interior space of a sedane road-holding capacity is already evident in the front, which extends 2.06 meters wide and rests on large 305-mm tires. The set of lights is characterized by LEDs that make it more efficient. Lensless headlights are underlined by a light guide that emerges from the side of the body to split the airflow. The lion emblem is in the center of the grating, which provides a differentiated effect according to the viewing angle.

The elegant lines of his side convey the sensation of movement. The tires and 23-inch alloy wheels are housed in generously rounded wheeled cartons. The distance between the center of the wheel and the ends is extremely short, so that the 4.5 meters in length of the body is as far as possible used for the benefit of the occupants. The engine, however, occupies a privileged place under the long bonnet highlighted by the grille blades that optimize the air intake. The electronically retractable sill contributes to the sides inspired by characteristic styles of the textile industry, with creases that adjust the material to the structure while giving volume to the wheeled boxesThe upper part of the passenger compartment suggests a single block in which the different functions were modeled. The metal arches house and attach the polycarbonate windows to the body, highlighted by sculpted shapes that capture the light.As it flows to the rear, the glass ceiling takes the form of two spoilers that further accentuate the aeodynamic style. They are fitted with the separating line that delimits the two Quartz finishes: mineral gray on the front – inspired by rock crystals – and frosted black on the rear fenders with occasional red dots.Quartz performance is evidenced by the accuracy of each component. The spokes of the 23-inch alloy wheels have been reduced to the bare minimum as a function of the strength of the materials and are covered by blades of composite material. In addition to contributing to the styling, these blades also optimize aerodynamic

“In its design, the PEUGEOT Quartz combines the bottom of an SUV with the top of a sedan.The style reflects the function of each part.The Quartz carved body and its innovative materials impact and ensure its efficiency.”Matthias Hossann, PEUGEOT Quartnterior Style Manager presents innovative and efficient materialThanks to a new manufacturing process, it was possible to eliminate column B and install doors in “scissors” for easy access on board. Quartz uses the EMP2 platform with structure in composite material and glued panels. In addition to weight reduction, this solution offers excellent rigidity that eliminates the structural reinforcement represented by column B.  retractable sill contributes to the comfort of the four occupants of the vehicle. Inside, various unusual materials, natural or recycled, contribute to the sensory experience and create an impressive visual and tactile effect”The Quartz has contrasting interior and exterior. The cabin was designed to convey a sense of warmth through its sophistication and refinement. However, the sense of sportsmanship prevails, with i-Cockpit focused on every need. “Sébastien Floutier, PEUGEOT Quartz Designer of Colors& Material

The strength and lightness of basalt, strongly present in the central console, symbolize the Quartz. Basalt forms when the magma cools quickly and comes in contact with the elements. Their properties are identical anywhere in the world, greatly facilitating the supply of the various destination markets. In Quartz, basalt was left in the raw state to contrast with the other materials used.Quartz is the first vehicle to use digitally produced fabrics. This innovative process enables the production of large and complex parts that can be used as soon as they leave the machine. As no clipping is necessary, there is no waste. The material is woven with polyester fiber from the recycling of plastic used in the making of water bottles. With this process it is possible to produce very thick pieces, which makes them softer and allows to reduce the use of foam.The leather is naturally present, in line with the great tradition of the automotive sector. To increase the sense of sportiness, the floor, sides and ceiling are made of black leather, while points of greater contact, such as seats and seat backs, in brown leather, from old furniture or garments . To complete the look, the door frames are machined from a block of composite material and the grooves left by the machine are filled with a reddish hue. The pattern of lines resulting from this process creates a material with kinetic effect, which constantly changes appearance.

i-Cockpit: a cockpit focused on the driver 

On board, each of the four passengers has a shell seat, allowing the optimization of the internal space. The seat’s structure is apparent and incorporates a retractable belt with four attachment points, with seats and backs made of brown leather, providing an excellent level of comfort. All the controls in the Quartz i-Cockpit are within reach of the driver’s hand. The compact multifunction steering wheel is inspired by competition models and provides maximum efficiency. The driver can easily activate the controls, the different driving modes and also change gears. The head-up display consists of a large parameterizable screen, with a 45 ° inclined polycarbonate blade in the center, which shows additional information and creates a depth effect.The dashboard is positioned on both sides of the small steering wheel and the head-up display, oriented towards the driver to ensure easy access to the Toggle Switches. By triggering one of these commands, the driver sees the information traversing the corresponding optical fiber. High Performance PowertrainThe quartz concept aesthetics requires an exceptional engine. With a total power of 500 hp, the powertrain (full-hybrid plug-in) consists of a thermal engine and two electric motors.The hood with suggestive undulations houses the 1.6L THP 270 engine developed by PEUGEOT Sport. Associated with a six-speed automatic gearbox, the four-cylinder engine has a torque of 33.6 kgfm, with a specific horsepower of around 170 bhp per liter, making it one of the best in the world. The front axle is driven by an electric motor of 115 hp and direct drive. It recharges the 400 V battery during the deceleration phases and assists the engine with the combustion in the gears. On the rear axle, another 115 hp electric motor assists with propulsion and battery charging. A specific ESP manages the distribution of braking between all four wheels to ensure vehicle stability and optimize battery charging.

There are three modes of driving: in ZEV mode, the vehicle can travel up to 50 km using only electric power, thanks to the battery plug-in; in Road mode, the combustion engine and front electric motor work together to enhance driving pleasure and maximize battery charging during deceleration phases; the Race mode leverages the power of the three engines to take full advantage of the chassis and suspension systems equipped with limited slip differential. In this way, the torque can be distributed between the wheels, depending on the specific adhesion of each one of them.In order to get the most out of the potential of the system, the Quartz is equipped with specific McPherson suspension in the front and multi-hatch system in the rear, including the embedded electric motor. The pneumatic suspension automatically adjusts the distance of the ground in a range between 300 and 350 mm. This function is controlled by an optical system that literally reads the road, using cameras attached to a navigation system that anticipate any change in the surface of the track.The Quartz concept delivers exceptional driving sensations. Performance, reactivity and instinct ensure unparalleled pleasure at the wheel. Quartz presents PEUGEOT’s new vision for state-of-the-art sports models

 late 1990s, Carroll Shelby surprised everyone with the creation of their first and only car designed from scratch, a high-performance sporty design with the most flashy and a powerful General Motors-powered V8 engine underneath its hood. This week at the Paris Motor Show was the successor to the original model.It is the Shelby Series 2, a vehicle that follows the line of its predecessor, the Series 1, which left the market in 2005. Now, Shelby wanted to be present for the first time in the important automobile event of the French capital and so show the public the outcome of their collaboration with Wingard Motorsports, which bought the remaining components of the original model several years ago.Thus, it was manufactured on the same original aluminum monocoque chassis, although it presents important innovations mechanically, as a new suspension and a system of high-performance brakes, with six-piston calipers on each wheel. In addition, the weight was also taken into account, since the new model is 12% lighter than the previous model.

The Series 2 will be available with a body made of different types of materials, depending on the customer’s choice, such as aluminum, titanium or carbon fiber. The version that uses the first material is quite flashy, as it can be requested with a brushed or polished finish. Regardless of the choice, all bodies have a familiar design that is almost identical to the Series 1. The biggest visual difference is a set of 19-inch wheels that are paved by Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires.
At the mechanical level, a variety of different engines are available, although by default it comes equipped with a supercharged V8 engine that develops a power output of around 590 hp. However, the car is designed to accommodate propellers with a power output of more than 800 hp. In summary, numbers that are well above the 324 hp that delivered the original Series 1.astly, it should be remembered that its production began last June and the company plans to offer four units each year.

Car Covers in All Their Glory

Car covers should become a requirement for everyone to use. Especially when buying a new car, you should buy this to go with it as if it was an accessory you can not do without. Because, in a sense, you can not do without the car cover. It is the most incredible accessory out there for your vehicle that is sold today. A snow covers for cars is the best and most effective way to protect your car from all sorts of unnecessary foreign objects. The list does not end there. Anything you can think of that can cause moderate damage to your car can most probably be protected by it. It is something no auto, or their owners want to be caught without in a major downpour or blizzard.  The beauty of it all is that it does not need to be hauled out of storage every time you have need for it. You can easily and quickly roll it up and stick it in the trunk or back seat. Then when the need arises, at night or even the day, you unroll it and finished; this way it is also always with you in case of emergencies. This is a quite affordable accessory and a worthy investment; considering the amount of money in damages you are saving. It is also not difficult to use, making it that much more enjoyable. For something that is of such good use and so crucial in the harsh winter months, you would think it is something that takes a lot of time to set up every time you need to use it. On the contrary, you are saving so much time by using it. It does not take you extra time in the morning to scrape and scrape your car before you leave for the day. You are making your day start off on a better foot because of it. You even get to catch a few more winks and eat a hearty breakfast. All you have to do now is warm the car while you eat! What a perfect way to start the morning.

This car cover business has become something of a small fortune for companies out there selling them. That is because everyone wants a car cover. The wholesale car cover business is also making a tidy sum; everyone wants to be part of this business. This is understandable as they are an amazing thing to sell and have! So don’t miss out and buy yours before they are out of stock. Sure they will always get replenished, but why would you want to wait; you don’t want to get caught in the rain without it! A car cover is a unique and exciting prospect; no more wind and snow beat cars when you wake up, and no more unnecessary scratches. This has become a key object in protecting your car from harm’s way and nasty winter weather. It is a reasonably priced, smart investment for anybody to buy for his or her car; even the older beat up ones as it prevents it from getting any further damage done to our cars. This winter, as with any winter, the weather is harsh and bitter. If you are thinking of starting a car cover business, now would be the perfect opportunity for you to do that. Or, if you already have one, use this weather to your advantage. Who said snow and hail are all bad? Don’t let the winter come and go without telling your customers the advantage of buying this treasured object. That is exactly what you should tell them; that they should not let the winter go without getting one of these amazing accessories; and it is the truth! Everyone wants their car to be taken care of and safe while he or she are sleeping. Nobody wants to wake up in the morning to find a wind and snow beaten car. The best thing to do is advertise properly. That is really all there is to it; along with setting excellent prices. The easiest thing about advertising is that there is so much truth in your words; they are an amazing investment for any potential customer! There is almost nobody who would not want one once they hear about it. It has so many advantages to it; including not having to scrape your car off in the wee hours of the morning in the dead of winter. That right there is enough to grab anyone; because ultimately that is one of the hardest things to do in the freezing cold mornings on their way to work. It makes it hard to get out of bed for that; but not with these amazing inventions! They will start waking up with a smile on their face and a skip in the step; they might even forget their coat!

The second thing is all about prices. A car cover is affordable as it is, but the way to really grab them is by making that price perfect. Since you will be shopping wholesale car covers, this will be easy for you as you will get plenty of merchandise at excellent prices. So now you can turn around and sell it for your own great prices! People will be coming in flocks you’ll see. Everyone wants to keep their car in as best conditions as he or she can just make sure to have to perfect advertisements; he or she are going to buy them somewhere, make sure it’s from you. It can be quite frustrating when the time comes to select a car cover for your car. The selection is vast, and quite frankly, you don’t know where to start. Each cover professes to be the best, but the question is which is perfect for you? Well, the first thing you need to ask yourself it where is your car generally parked; in the outdoors, or in indoors? This is the most basic question, from which you can go further. If you keep your car indoors, whilst it still needs a cover, it doesn’t need one with fancy treatment against all different weather conditions. You just need a glorified dust sheet for your car, that can, on the odd occasion be used outdoors too. If your car is usually parked on the street, driveway, or similar place, then you will need to get a cover that is equipped to deal with the harsh elements of nature. It will need to be able to provide more protection than just the bare necessities. The next question is what sort of climate do you live in? What is the weather like? There are many different covers, each suited to different climates and environments. This makes a difference as a guy living in Florida, don’t want a heavily waterproof cover, but rather one that will shield him and his car from the sun’s powerful rays. Once the climate and weather conditions have been determined, you will be able to choose a cover that is suited best to you. You will be able to find the combination of protection offered that will be able to benefit you the most.

The last question is your budget. How much are you willing to spend? The answer may be somewhat different had you asked yourself at the beginning. However, it is important to ask yourself nearer to the end simply because until now, you didn’t really know what was in your range. You may have expected to spend much less, but that was because you had only seen an indoor cover which is cheaper, when in fact, you need an outdoor cover. This does not mean that you have to spend a fortune. Quite the opposite. There are plenty of cheaper covers available that will do the job just as nicely and protect your car all the same. You can cut out expenses on the sizing of the cover. Custom covers will automatically be more expensive as they are made uniquely for you. If you buy a universal cover, you will find that you get all the protection you need, without having to spend a lot at all. It is important to bear in mind though, that while it may seem a lot of money now, in the long run, you will be saving. You will save the money that would have otherwise been spent on cleaning, polishing, and waxing. After a bit, these little jobs add up and work out more expensive than a car cover.No matter which type of cover you choose, it is always worth going for the custom sized. If you have chosen an all-weather cover or even just a Sunbrella, the protection you will receive when it is custom sized is ten-fold. You cannot compare the difference between a universal cover and a custom.

The universal cover will not be able to fit the car perfectly. Either there will be excess baggy material, or something will be peeking out due to lack of fabric. In either case, there is space for the unwanted to creep in. There is usually enough of a gap, and even milder things such as dust, work their way in. Although this may ‘only’ be dust, it is still a hindrance, and uncalled for. When covering your car, you expect it to actually protect it, and not do only half the job. By contrast, the custom will be able to fit your car like a glove. It will be snug against the contours of the car, and there will be no space whatsoever for anything to filter in. This means that the protection that the custom offers, is complete, and so much more so than a universal one. A custom will also be able to absorb the shock of any scrapes and bashes, preventing them from leaving an impression on the car itself. A universal cover cannot promise this as it doesn’t know if it will fit the car well enough to do so. Whilst the basic shielding will be there, it will not be the best. In addition, the difference in looks is unbelievable. The universal looks like a badly constructed baggy tent in comparison to the sleek, classy custom. Either that or the universal looks like a kid put in clothes two sizes too small. The custom cover though is chic and creates a really stately impression. It makes a real statement. This is probably also due to the fact that custom car cover owners are given a selection of colors to choose from, as well as the option of placing a logo of their choice on the bonnet. This adds a personal touch to the cover. Lastly, the custom cover acts as a safety feature too. When there are shady individuals loitering about on the street, they are unlikely to attack a car with a custom cover as, since it is covered so well, they cannot check if the car is a worthwhile target or not. The car will, therefore, be safe and secure from any sort of break-ins. Buying a custom cover does not have to mean paying a fortune. They are not so expensive and actually work out to be more cost-effective. Since they are so protective, there is no need to send the car in to be cleaned, polished or re-waxed any more. You will save yourself the bother, aggravation, and money because of the cover, and it will work out cheaper in the long run.