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The vintage era in the automotive world was a time of transition. The car started off in 1919 as still something of a rarity, and ended up, in 1930, well on the way towards ubiquity. In fact, automobile production at the end of this period was not matched again until the 1950s.

In the intervening years, most industrialized countries built nationwide road systems with the result that, towards the end of the period, the ability to negotiate unpaved roads was no longer a prime consideration of automotive design. In today’s terms, a vintage car is defined the same as a classic.

So, here are some classic vintage automobiles that debuted once in the history of the automobile industry.

“ The ability to negotiate unpaved roads was no longer a prime consideration of automotive design ”

The EFIJY

2005 Holden Efijy Concept. X07SV_HD023 (Australia)

The ‘EFIJY’ was built by Holden in 2005 as a tribute to the iconic FJ and successfully mated the past, present and the future in to one timelessly impressive looking package. Although not technically built in the same vein as many concept cars, which often indicate technology and design of the future, the EFIJY was met with a similar reception.

Designed and built after hours as somewhat of a passion project, the car was built on a modified Corvette chassis and featured a thumping 6.0 litre V8 producing 480kw/ 775nm. The car was so well received it was even the recipient of the 2007 Concept Car of the Year award in Northern America, proving that the EFIJY’s timeless good looks appealed to a global audience. Despite high demand from millionaires such as sheiks and sporting stars, Holden made the decision to cap production at one, with the EFIJY currently residing at Holden’s headquarters in Port Melbourne.

1939 Duesenberg Coupe

Duesenberg ceased production in 1937 after Cord’s financial empire collapsed. However, between 1937 and 1940, one automobile put the final touch to this historical marque. It took three years to complete both the tailor-made interior and futuristic body. By command of the owner, it was to be painted in a two-tone grey paint scheme so it would look like a ghost in the night. Finished in 1939, this legendary masterpiece was christened as “Duesenberg Coupé Simone Midnight Ghost.” It was both the longest Duesenberg and the last one delivered; and finally the last one ever made, Inspired by the modernist lines of the Art Deco movement, it captures all the romance of a bygone era. The graceful sweep of the fenders, the luxuriously appointed interior complete with a crystal-clear steering wheel makes the car unique.

1948 Buick Streamliner

Mechanical engineer Norman E. Timbs created this dramatic streamliner in the 1940s which in many ways was the ultimate American hot rod. He designed and fabricated much of the project himself which included a custom aluminium body and steel chassis.

It took him over two years to finish and the resulting chic roadster was good enough for cover of Motor Trend as well as features in Mechanix Illustrated, Popular Mechanics and Motor Life. The car was discovered in the desert pretty much intact in 2002.

It was bought at auction and restored by Dave Crouse at Custom Auto, Inc. in Loveland, Colorado for owners Gary & Diane Cerveny of Malibu, California. After its “complete and exacting” restoration, it debuted at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in a class reserved for Motor Trend Cover Cars.

Alfa Romeo BAT

In 1955 Bertone turned in the final design for the B.A.T. project, a series of prototypes which represented the peak of styling creativity at the time. The B.A.T. 9 did away with the marked wing lines of the previous models in favour of a cleaner, more sober line. The tail fins, which in the other two models, 5 and 7, had a real wing-like look, were sized down into two small metal plates. Bertone transformed the highly creative styling of the two previous B.A.T. models into design credibility, abandoning the extremes of the other designs. The more rational, less artistic design of this prototype, however, does nothing to diminish Bertone’s creative contribution to the Italian school of bodywork design. The final B.A.T. Concept, the B.A.T. 9 was completed in 1955. It continued the experimentation with aerodynamics but not as exaggerated as the prior models. The body styling took into account future production requirements and is arguably the most attractive of the B.A.T. automobiles. After more than 50 years, there is a new BAT model. The new BAT 11, based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, shares many styling cues with the classic BAT cars of the 50s. Based on a modified Alfa Romeo 8C platform, the BAT 11 continues some of the distinguishing elements of the original ‘Berlinetta Aerodynamica Tecnica’ cars designed by Franco Scaglione and developed by Nuccio Bertone

Each B.A.T. car has its vivid story. Yet, the histories surrounding B.A.T. 9 and B.A.T. 11 are fundamentally intertwined. Dr Kaberle purchased B.A.T. 9 as a teenager with popcorn-stand money and a loan from his grandmother. He sold it 23 years later to help fund medical treatment for his wife, Debbie, who passed away two years later. Soon after, Kaberle started exhaustive research of the B.A.T. cars. He visited the Scaglione family in Italy and began working with Stile Bertone on B.A.T. 11, a project he calls ‘Dreams and Design for a Cure’ that honours his wife and the B.A.T. heritage.

1951 General Motors LeSabre XP-8

The car that defined auto design in the 1950s in America was the General Motors LeSabre of 1951. Conceived by the flamboyant GM design chief Harley Earl, it was meant to set out the programme for the cars of the new rocket age. Earl had conceived of the idea several years before, while still driving his iconic 1938 Buick Y Job.  In a 1946 meeting with Harold Curtice, chief of Buick at the time, there was mention of retiring the Y Job and creating a new ‘halo car’ for the brand. Earl, never one to miss an opportunity, convinced Curtice to build two cars: the XP-8 which would emphasise styling, and the XP-9, which would focus on engineering and be completed under the leadership of Buick’s senior engineer Charles Chayne. The two cars were developed in tandem over the next few years at the then-astronomical cost of a million dollars (roughly 20 million in today’s dollars). The XP-9 would become the Buick XP300, a sporty roadster that resembled a sleek extension of the early 1950s styling themes but with an emphasis on Buick’s future identity. The XP-8 would become the LeSabre, Earl’s personal car for a while, and a statement about where GM styling would be going in the new decade. The LeSabre concept still tours on occasions, and is a reminder that a design can not only sum up an era, but predict it as well. It is a good lesson for contemporary designers to keep in mind as we enter a new era of highly automated and connected cars.

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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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