Aston Martin Zagato coupes sold before production

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AM Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake.
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Adrian Hallmark.
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Chevrolet Tahoe RST.
Updated 04 November 2017
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Aston Martin Zagato coupes sold before production

• An enduring creative partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato has reached another milestone. The global debut of the Vanquish Zagato Volante was followed by confirmation that not only will the Vanquish Zagato Speedster enter production, but it will also be joined by a spectacular Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. This “family” of four Vanquish Zagato models will yield a total of 325 cars. Production of the Vanquish Zagato Coupes began in late 2016. Next to enter production was the Vanquish Zagato Volante. Once again strictly limited to 99 cars (all of which have been sold), production has commenced and deliveries will be completed through 2018. Of the two remaining models, the Vanquish Zagato Speedster is the rarest, with a production run of just 28 cars. All 28 Vanquish Zagato Speedsters have been sold with deliveries scheduled for 2018. Completing the quartet, the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake will also enter production in 2018, with a total build run of 99 cars matching those of the Coupe and Volante. With all four cars based upon the Vanquish S, each Zagato enjoys the combination of 600PS naturally aspirated V12 mated to the smooth, slick-shifting Touchtronic III transmission.
• Bentley has announced the appointment of Adrian Hallmark as its new chairman and chief executive officer, starting on Feb. 1 2018. Hallmark’s appointment marks one of four senior leadership changes at Bentley with new board members for engineering; sales and marketing; and people, digitalization and IT. Hallmark, 55, joins Bentley from Jaguar Land Rover, where he held the role of global strategy director. He brings more than 18 years of automotive board level experience from the US, Europe and Asia with Porsche, Volkswagen, SAAB and Bentley Motors. During his time at Bentley, he held the role of board member for sales, marketing and PR and played an integral role in
the introduction of the sector-defining Continental GT
in 2003.
• The 150 millionth Volkswagen is now driving along the roads in Norway: The anniversary vehicle — a Golf GTE — left the assembly line at the main plant in Wolfsburg in August. Volkswagen has delivered the car to a customer in the town of Lier, not far from the Norwegian capital Oslo. Dr. Wolf-Stefan Specht, head of sales Europe at the Volkswagen brand, said: “It symbolizes the brand’s long tradition. At the same time, the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers a glimpse of the future of mobility at Volkswagen. That is why we are delighted the GTE has been delivered to a customer in Norway, the frontrunner for e-mobility in Europe.”

• The powerful Chevrolet Tahoe RST is making its regional debut at the Dubai International Motor Show on Nov. 14. Aside from the cosmetic enhancements, the Tahoe RST packs an advanced powertrain deeply rooted in Chevrolet’s performance range. Sharing the same 6.2L V8 in the Camaro SS and Corvette Stingray, it’s coupled with General Motors’ 10-speed transmission which made its debut on the Camaro ZL1 earlier this year. Its added power is enhanced with tuned suspension and reined in with high-performance brakes by Brembo. “Since the announcement of Tahoe RST for the US market earlier this year, we have been overwhelmed by the reaction from regional Chevrolet customers and fans,” said Ahmed Soudodi, head of brand at Chevrolet Middle East.


Chevrolet goes after Jeep Grand Cherokee with new Blazer

The new Blazer sits relatively low to the ground and has futuristic creases on the sides and a low-angle windshield to give it a sporty look. (Courtesy of General Motors via AP)
Updated 22 June 2018
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Chevrolet goes after Jeep Grand Cherokee with new Blazer

  • GM on Thursday unveiled the sculpted Blazer in Atlanta
  • At its peak in 1996, Chevrolet sold just over 246,000 Blazers

DETROIT: Because these days you can’t have too many SUVs, General Motors is bringing back the Chevrolet Blazer.
Only this time it’s not a thirsty and boxy truck like its predecessor, one of the original SUVs that was sold from the 1982 through 2005 model years.
SUVs based on car underpinnings, sometimes called crossover vehicles, are what buyers want these days, and the Chevy brand didn’t have a midsize one with two rows of seats to compete with the popular Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano.
So GM on Thursday unveiled the sculpted Blazer in Atlanta, trying to capitalize on a well-known name that has a lot of equity, said Steve Majoros, Chevy’s director of car and crossover marketing. “There’s still a number of people that either have good positive feelings about that product or still have them in their driveways,” he said.
At its peak in 1996, Chevrolet sold just over 246,000 Blazers.
The new Blazer is far from a box. It sits relatively low to the ground and has futuristic creases on the sides and a low-angle windshield to give it a sporty look. Chevy says it will come standard with a 193-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, with an optional 305 horsepower 3.6-liter V6. All models will have stop-start technology that shuts off the engine at red traffic lights, plus nine-speed automatic transmissions that will help gas mileage.
Gas mileage and price weren’t released by GM. Chevy hopes to take a chunk out of Grand Cherokee sales, one of the more popular and profitable vehicles in the Jeep lineup, in the growing midsize SUV segment. Last year Fiat Chrysler sold nearly 159,000 Grand Cherokees.
The Blazer, due in showrooms early next year, comes as American buyers continue their shift from cars to trucks and SUVs. This year trucks and SUVs accounted for about two-thirds US new-vehicle sales, with cars making up the rest.