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The Cars that shall rule in 2017

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As the year rolls-by, the auto industry is preparing to stun the world with its eccentric and electrifying designs and concepts for the coming year. The year 2017 shall be witnessing the display of more magnificent and luxurious SUV’s on our roads as super brands such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley consider to provide their customers with a tailor-made SUV that defines their personality.

2017 has already shaped up to be a noteworthy year for new cars and as such the quest for a super model SUV becomes limitless. Also in consideration are some sedans that will also take aficionados by surprise.

ROLLS-ROYCE SUV

Rolls-Royce has joined the league of luxury SUV manufacturers in the likes of Range Rover and Bentley in providing a car that makes perfect sense for the growing luxury demand in the auto market. In maintaining the culture and tradition of the automaker, Rolls-Royce has promised a car that’s “as much about the pioneering, adventurous spirit of Charles Rolls as it is about Sir Henry Royce’s dedication to engineering and innovation.

Beyond such sentimentalism, the company promises the poshest SUV around with a “magic carpet” ride and exclusivity by the bucket load. The cost of this plush car is expected not to be below the region of £250, 000.00 for one.

BENTLEY BENTAYGA

The year 2017 shall see Bentley debuting its first-ever SUV that appears set to make good on its promise to redefine the segment (SUV) by becoming the fastest, most powerful and most luxurious SUV to date. Calling it “the next step in our brand’s bold future,” Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors says its unique combination of style, technology and capability will allow the Bentayga to provide “a genuine Bentley experience in any driving environment”.

Visually, the new Bentayga makes an aggressively refined statement that puts a unique spin on a number of signature Bentley design cues from its prominent matrix grille to muscular rear fenders. The 2017 Bentley Bentayga will start at $229,100 plus its destination fees.

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE

The first-ever convertible SUV in the Range Rover lineup, this new drop top retains all of the basic functional charm of the Evoque Coupe on which it’s based but tosses in some new touches highlighted by the debut of the Land Rover InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with available Connected Navigation.

The design also incorporates a Roll-over Protection Device that consists of two aluminum bars that can pop-up a lock into place in just 90 milliseconds. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible SUV will start at $51,470.

MERCEDES-BENZ GLC COUPE: PUTTING THESPORT IN SUV

Boasting a rakish roofline, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe adds a sporty 4-door coupe look to its compact SUV range and will appeal to both mainstream motorists and enthusiasts alike with two trim levels, a standard GLC300 4Matic and the AMG GLC43. The 2017 GLC Coupe sports a distinctive single-louvered diamond textured grille and a restyled roofline that drops dramatically at the rear in a flowing muscular tail.

While it has a car-like sporty profile, optional running boards pay homage to the vehicle’s SUV roots. Also enhancing the muscular look are wheels that range up to 21-inches in diameter.

MASERATI LEVANTE

The 2017 Maserati Levante made its American debut in New York with specifics on powertrains, packaging and pricing for this market. Built in Mirafiori, Italy, the automaker unveils its long-awaited and first-ever SUV in grand style.

Maserati Levante will be assembled at the newly refurbished FCA Mirafiori plant in Turin using all Maserati-developed components. Similar in scale and concept to the Porsche Cayenne, the Levante fills an obvious hole in the automaker’s roster and its success will play a critical role in helping Maserati grow its volume globally as well as in the U.S.

Despite its unique position in the Maserati lineup, the Levante’s smartly sculpted exterior styling maintains a clear family resemblance with the Quattroporte, Ghibli and GranTurismo.

TESLA MODEL X CROSSOVER SUV

Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. With all-wheel drive and a 100 kWh battery providing 289 miles of range, Model X has ample seating for seven adults and all of their gear. And it’s ludicrously fast, accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in as quickly as 2.9 seconds. Model X is the SUV uncompromised. Model X is designed with safety as the first priority.

The floor-mounted battery lowers the center of gravity so that the risk of rollover is about half that of any vehicle in its class. The battery structure strengthens Model X against side impact intrusions.

And without a gasoline engine, the large front trunk acts as a giant impact-absorbing crumple zone. Falcon Wing doors allow easy access to second and third row seats from even a tight parking space, while traditional SUV doors or Minivan sliding doors would not grant any access.

FORD GT

When I first heard the new 2017 Ford GT is expected to cost up to $350,000 – four times as much as a Chevrolet Corvette Z/06 – I was quite taken aback. Never before in its history has Ford charged anywhere close to that for a new model.

The new GT supercar will come powered by an ultra-high-boost twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine with upwards of 600 horsepower. Its sexy styling sits impossibly low to the ground, and it features a design that is much more modern than the retro-inspired GT of a few years ago.

2017 AUDI R8 The 2017 R8

has been classified as the “less exciting Lamborghini” according to some automotive journalist. With a price tag of over $170,000 this may be one of the more difficult cars to get in to on this list.

The new V10 engine provided plenty of power and the new electric clutch make shifting almost un-noticeable. The R8 is highly anticipated but without much updating of the cars style from previous years wouldn’t you rather get a Lamborghini Huracan, which aside from the body, is almost the exact same car as the R8.

2017 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL

Lincoln Continental is a quietly elegant large sedan that will be Lincoln’s flag carrier in 2017. Quietly is a key word in the revival of the brand name Edsel Ford chose for the legendary original back in 1939.

According to Lincoln president Kumar Galhotra, the traits that will set the new car apart from its competitors are “quiet luxury, effortless power, and serenity.” The Continental’s underpinnings trace their origins to the Ford Fusion, stretched, widened, and reinforced to accommodate the Lincoln’s bigger dimensions and, presumably, increased mass.

This means that it’s basically a front-wheel drive design, but with the option of all-wheel drive, which is standard in the top model. Handsome and elegantly turned out, the Continental will be competing in a market segment monopolized by a familiar Teutonic troika—Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz—as well as a new domestic rival, the Cadillac CT6.

2017 PORSCHE PANAMERA: NEW LOOK SIGNALS EVEN MORE CHANGE

Ever since its introduction seven years ago, the Panamera’s styling– its “bulbous,” “heavy,” “hunchback” rear end specifically– has been its most talked about trait. The Panamera has been wholly redesigned for 2017, and now it’s gorgeous from tip to tail.

In typical Porsche fashion the overall aesthetic is instantly familiar, but the changes to the rear end are indeed transformative. By lowering the rear roofline, lifting the rear end and adding a rear side window with a familiar curve, Porsche’s designers crafted a Panamera that’s significantly more stylish and – as clearly evidenced by the taillight design — unapologetically more 911-like.

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Changan- To disrupt Ghana’s Automobile Market!

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June, 2019 marked the official press launch of Changan in Ghana. A brand that has dominated China’s automobile industry since its inception. The launch took place at Stallion Motors Ghana LTD Office (Stallion Group) located at Obetsebi Lamptey circle  where a range of Changan vehicles were unveiled for all present to witness. These vehicles looked very astonishing and with prices starting from as low as $12, 999 equivalent in Ghana cedis, one will say these brand of Changan SUVs and saloon cars will definitely disrupt the automobile sales industry in Ghana as they have very good model line-up for SUV’s and Sedan with 5 years or 100,000 kms warranty.

History of Changan Automobile

The first thing we may think about when buying a new car is safety and a long lasting feature, whether for personal use, family or an organisation, and that is precisely what Changan stands for; Cháng – long lasting/forever (长) and ān (安) – safe/secure that makes Cháng’ ān (长安).

Changan has been in the Chinese Automobile Industry for 153 years with 33 over years’ experience in building and selling passenger car vehicles. This brand can boast of being an early leader in the Chinese auto industry and currently a top selling Chinese automotive brand sitting confidently amongst the top four automobile groups in China.

Founded in Shanghai in 1862 by Li Hongzhang, the brand’s mission is to pioneer auto culture and benefit human life with a vision to build world’s leading automobile enterprise that later moved to Chongqing in 1937.

Changan has over 33 years’ experience in car-making since it started auto business in 1984 and produced their first batch of small size vehicles in China, and became one of the top four Chinese automobile manufacturing groups in 2009 with a total sales volume of Changan brand vehicles exceeding 10 million in 2014 and a sale volume exceeding 1 million in 2015 for Changan brand passenger vehicles.

All over the globe Changan has a footprint; 12 global production bases (3 under construction) and 32 vehicle and engine plants. Changan has 6000 sales and service stations covering 60 countries, with 150,000 professional service staff providing consumers with pleasant experience anytime, anywhere. The company also uses over 20 APPs and WeChat official accounts for customer service to ensure immediate response to customers. The brand also partners with other top vehicle manufacturers like Suzuki (1993), Ford (2001), JMC (2004), Mazda (2005) and PSA (2010) to deliver the best vehicles.

The Research and Development of Changan Automobile

Research and Development (R&D) is key for Changan hence an R&D network is established in Chongqing, Beijing, Hefei and Hebei of China, Turin of Italy, Nottingham of UK, Detroit of USA, and Yokohama of Japan. A world class talent team made up of over 90,000 employees, including 10,000 R&D personnel globally (6,000 dedicated to Changan brand) and over 400 senior experts from 15 different nations. 13 of them are included in China’s Recruitment Program of Global Experts. Changan attracts the largest number of experts among Chinese auto companies.

Changan’s unique R&D strength is ranked number 1 in the Chinese automobile industry for 8 years. The styling and package, structural design and performance development, test validation and evaluation, simulation analysis and prototype process forms the digitalized coordination capability and project management capability to support five core strength.

It is assuring to note that, Changan vehicles go through several field and laboratory tests such as crash safety, NVH, master ESP, TCS, VVT, TCT, ICCS and other advanced technologies. The cars have also gone through extreme climate tests in extremely low temperature of -52℃ in Russian snowfield and China’s north border Mohe, extremely high temperature of 50℃ in Turpan and Middle East dessert, an altitude of over 5200m in Qinghai-Tibet plateau and a performance test in extremely high-dust land (120mg/cm³).

Changan has the largest dynamic ground with the most comprehensive functions and highest precision in Asia. A 2 billion RMB investment that built a 224-hectare Changan comprehensive proving ground.

In addition to this, Changan very much believes in the era of smart technologies. Changan 2015 car models have assisted driving, and have upgraded to half automated driving in 2018. Plans are far advanced to have fully automatic driving Changan vehicles by 2025 and beyond. A smart vehicle R&D team with 1500 engineers will be setup to develop technology and products in smart connectivity.

For the past 3 years, Changan has penetrated the African market and now has an assembling plant in Nigeria. Seeing the success chalked in Nigeria, the team has brought the top class vehicles to Ghana; 5 powerful SUVs and 1 smart looking saloon car.

The Changan Brands

Changan’s brand pride comes with a hi-tech and fashionable design. These astounding cars are efficient, clean, safe and smart.

Changan has successfully launched a series of classic products; CS75, CS35, CS15, Raeton, Eado, Alsvin, CX70, Oushang and has more than 8500 customers across the world choosing Changan every day.

Available in the Ghanaian market is CS95, CS75, CS55, CS35 ( available in Luxurious & Distinguished model), CS15 in SUV’s and sedan range has Alsvin  V3 & Eado models.

CS95 in Simplicity…

This model has a simple design appearance but has all the essential elements with extraordinary functions. The car has a succinct visual language and powerful to the core. An absolute high performance full size SUV!

The CS95 is equipped with Blue Core 2.0L turbo GDI engine, has maximum output 171 kW at 5000-55000 rpm and maximum torque 360 Nm at 1750-3500 rpm. The tyres are 245/60 R18, 245/55 R19 and wheels a two-tone aluminium alloy. It also has a fuel tank capacity of 64 litres. Along with dozens of advanced technology, the CS95 is built to have high performance, low fuel consumption, low emissions and high quality harshness (NVH) performance.

It offers supreme comfortability as the design adopts classic design concepts and methods from a couple of industry top brands and the NVH performance of the deep-sea mute is also adopted. The Changan CS95 is a large multipurpose city SUV with seven seats.

The Timeless Beauty, CS75

This urban design CS75 is a beauty that will have customers enjoy being the focus of the car. The front Grille has a rugged styling; suggesting power and performance, a streamline waistline that suggests powerful performance, and the chrome plated trim elements really shimmering to give it that classy look.

The electronic parking system (EPB), electronic power-assisted steering (EPS), and electronic stability control facilitate easier driving and is equipped with a Changan 1.8L turbocharged Blue Core engine paired with an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission running on a 58 litres capacity fuel tank.

CS75 has all the cool tech! It is equipped with the user friendly in call interconnection system, all-around service, remote control system, voice recognition, push-to-talk, built-in hard disk music player, iPod Music play, phone projection, application store, emergency rescue service and anti-theft tracking function.

Safety is a top priority in all Changan vehicles so the CS75 also has automatic parking, 6 airbags, and several safeguards like; electronic parking system, tyre pressure monitoring system and a 360 panoramic system.

Such pulchritude!

Obsidian CS55!

Think hot volcanic lava cooling down sturdily and later becoming a unique glasslike rock. That’s the inspiration for this Changan model. Changan’s design philosophy and strategy was applied here, it was designed and developed by Changan’s European design team who were truly inspired by nature.

CS55 get its red appearance by using an advanced triple layer coating process that gives the car its smooth texture. The red metal layer is made up of bright aluminium powder. To put the final touch, a Nano-level material colour spray is applied. The body of the car has a dynamic rhythm, talk about the diving waistline together with the chrome trim below the windows, the blue whale tailed C column and suspending roof design model on the side line of the vehicle body just gives a different feel to the whole CS55. The lights are gorgeous as well, high-quality LED lamps and obsidian-profile 3D trail with LED tail lights. It has 18-inch two-tone stylish wheel hub, a dual-coloured floating roof.

On the inside is a different look all together; it has an x element capsule shaped panel. Sitting elegantly on it is the 8-inch LCD control screen, it has stylish keypads and chrome details. It integrates the in call system, rear view camera (carried on some vehicle models), panoramic image (carried on more premium models), GPS, ADAS functional switching and other smart technology, thus truly realising touch-and-go.

The car is enjoyable, very spacious and offers comfort too. Another fascinating tech in the CS55 is the independent temperature control; the intelligent air conditioning makes it possible to have different temperatures in different areas. It allows you to independently control the temperature in driving seat, passenger seat and the backseat. A PM 2.5 filter and Plasma Generator is also fitted in the car.

The engine is the new Blue Core 1.5T DVVT DOHC all-aluminium alloy engine. Efficient fuel consumption is achieved with the Bosch STT to stop the engine when at a standstill and automatically ignite again when moving again. Under typical urban driving conditions, this gives fuel savings between 5-15%. It’s also equipped with Aisin new 6AT transmission, CS55 possess advanced gear technology, and offers rapid gear shifts and quick control functions as well as contributes to a strong fuel economy.

An intelligent and secure car with Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-warning Assistant Braking, Hill Descent Control, Hill-start Hold Control, Automatic Parking Assistance, 360 Panoramic System and several other advanced technologies that make this car exceptionally different!

CS35 Extraordinaire!

This model is indeed nifty. The CS35 has a stylish front fascia with simple yet sharp lights, shield-shaped chrome plated air inlet grille, a push-button, dual-mode, anti-pinch power sunroof, chrome plated window trim strip, a dynamic V-shaped aluminium alloy hub, eagle-eye crystal headlamp, eagle beak ribbon taillight and chrome plated double exhaust tips.

Every journey with this car promises to be enjoyable and comfortable. This car speaks luxury and comfort with its fashionable two-tone seats design. A cool central control that has a UI interface display showing clearer icons, night mode, and air conditioning status. It also has a sophisticated instrument panel with a bold ice blue look and backlit gauges and TFT display provides driver information with style and is virtually sound proof; low noise, vibration, and harshness

CS35 is simultaneously powerful and environmentally friendly. The fuel-saving equipment such as an intelligent generator with OAD technology, electric thermostats, and a variable displacement compressor, boosts performance while reducing fuel consumption. Isn’t that extraordinarily efficient?!

The engine is an all-aluminium alloy engine, Blue Core 1.6L DVVT DOHC, uses Aisin SS-II manual-auto all-in-one 5-speed manual transmission and a start-stop technology fuel-saving system. It also has extraordinary features like the Electronic Power-Assisted Steering, Automatic Parking Assistance and all-round safety features.

This particular model is  assembled in Nigeria.

Vibrant Alsvin V3

The Alsvin V3 is powerful with a feel young vibe. This car wants its user to feel young and be different!

A dynamic and family friendly sedan equipped with a new generation 1.5 litres Blue Core engine and Aisin SS-II automated manual transmission. It’s also using advanced technologies such as keyless entry, one-button start, electronic power system, professional chassis adjustment, flat rear floor, and 40 dB idling noise are some of the advanced features.

This model of Changan is very comfortable and spacious. The booth is surprisingly spacious for a saloon car. It also has great safety technology installed like the reverse camera at the rear.

At the press launch of Changan’s range of vehicles, the Brand Head, Mr. Manish Daryanani said the brand is building an image of vitality, progress, quality, and fashion, with passenger cars as the focus hence the promotion of Changan brand image in all aspects through high level platforms and events. He also made emphasis that Changan is here to stay with the hope of bringing customers both safety and happiness.

The Stallion Motors Ltd, located at Plot A1 & A2, Obetsebi lamptey Circle, is the authorized distributor for Sales & After-sales Service  in Ghana.

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