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The concepts: cars of the future

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Cars are becoming more computer-like every day. We’re not just talking about advancements in self-driving tech, either. Automakers know that cars today have to be smart and easy to use. One of the most exciting things to an automotive enthusiast is taking a look at the innovative future technology of the industry.

Every year, automakers try to go above and beyond what they (and their competitors) have done before in terms of functionality, safety, and performance. While the industry isn’t quite as quick to fully adopt new tech like phones, computers and other electronics, it seems that with every passing year even the newest vehicles can feel instantly out-dated.

A lot of these innovations can still only be seen in concept cars, but they offer a glimpse of how companies are working to radically change the car of the future. Below are some concept cars for the future

Faraday Future FF91- The 1,050bhp electric car that accelerates faster than a Ferrari

When it comes to the electric car market there is no name more well-known than Tesla. From the original roadster to their complete lineup with a sedan, crossover and soon-to-be daily electric car for the masses, they have the market cornered. But with all that attention comes plenty of new-comers eager to take the crown.

The latest, and potentially most viable competitor, is the Chinese-backed, Silicon Valley start-up Faraday Future. Faraday’s new FF91 can accelerate faster than any other electric car in production including the Tesla Model S. The new electric car was revealed at CES 2017 in Las Vegas and is the first production car to be announced by the start-up.

Faraday’s first car has however been met with scepticism since they first appeared at the Las Vegas show last year. Faraday asserts the car can achieve 378 miles of range one single charge and added that its range would extend to 482 miles (775km) when driven at 55mph. The car company also teased super-fast charging for the car.

Faraday’s FF91 looks like a sporty SUV combining elements of both the Tesla Model X and BMW i8 in terms of style, but also featuring these futuristic curved grilles on both the front and back of the car. The FF-ID is an interesting and unique feature. It offers a personalised driving experience to the driver including the position of the front seat, applications you use, and music you listen to.

It is not the best looking car in the work but it looks trendy, sporty and modern. Faraday Future’s FF91 will go from 0-62mph in just 2.39 seconds. This makes it one of the fastest accelerating cars in the world. People interested in the FF91 can declare their interest and place a refundable $5000 deposit online and create own FFID.

Lexus’ concept SUV, the UX, gives us a sneak peek of how cars will one day drive around without any mirrors. Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, the UX has cameras instead of side view mirrors.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a concept car without mirrors, but it’s worth paying some extra attention to the feature showing up on a Lexus. Japanese automakers got the OK in June 2016 to make and sell mirrorless cars, making it one of the first countries to embrace the technology.

Considering Lexus is owned by Japanese automaker Toyota, we’re likely to see more of this tech in use going forward.

Honda NeuV – The car that THINKS HONDA releases a future concept car, with Artificial Intelligence, an electric skateboard and also that can earn money.

Honda to Showcase “Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem” at 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

AI is becoming a bit of a buzzword in our technological world today. Car manufacturers are stating their interest in autonomous cars, and next-generation tech, to support the experience of driving (or not driving).

Honda has however taken this to the next level, creating a car that will transform the way we interact with cars in the future. Inside, Hana the AI, pays attention to the driver’s likes and dislikes and can ever remember tour favourite places such as coffee shops. Hana can check on the driver’s emotional well-being, make music recommendations based on mood, and support the owner’s daily driving routine.

Hana uses a heart-rate monitor and face recognition to detect when you’re stressed and can suggest that you take a break, suggesting one of your favorite spots to stop at. The car uses technology called Safe Swarm which allows the car to communicate with other cars around it, enabling more efficiency, less stressful and more importantly collision-free driving. In addition to this, Hana can work for you.

While it is parked outside your home or office, it can nip-off and act as a ride-sharing service, which can drive people around to earn you money. Alternatively, it can sell back power to the grid at a peak time, and charge them to replenish it at an off peak time, which again can make you money. The doors are pretty spectacular, comprising the whole side panel of the car, spinning up electronically at the touch of a button.

This should aid practicality, helping you squeeze into the compact city-car when there is not much room. Inside the car there is also an electric skateboard designed as a ‘last mile’ solution, to help you escape gridlock traffic and get to work on time.

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQ SUV

Generation EQ, Exterieur

Mercedes’s Concept EQ SUV and the Vision Van debuts stay in line with its new corporate strategy called “CASE,” or Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Service, and Electric Drive.

Working on pure battery electric drive systems, the tech found on the Concept EQ, a rival to the Tesla Model X, is expected to be carried into the future Mercedes cars. The Vision Van, meanwhile, is a study for the delivery van of the future, combining an electric powertrain and a trick integrated system for more efficient deliveries.

Toyota Concept-i: The AI car that builds ‘relationships’ with humans

Toyota has unveiled the futuristic driverless Concept-i, which is said to be built around the driver’s needs and fitted with the latest AI technology. The new concept car uses an advanced artificial intelligence system to anticipate the driver and passenger’s needs and Toyota says it can ‘spur their imaginations and improve their lives.’ The Japanese car manufacturer’s AI system learns with the driver, building a relationship and improves as the vehicle is driven.

In addition to this, the AI system automated vehicle technologies is designed to help improve safety, using visual and touch prompts to augment communication-based on the driver’s responsiveness.

Toyota has designed the car from the inside-out starting with the next generation user interface that provides the platform for the vehicle’s AI agent, nicknamed ‘Yui.’ The Japanese car firm has said Yui has been designed to ‘connect with a global audience.’ Yui can use light, sound and even touch to communicate crucial information to the driver.

Even the vehicle’s exterior is designed to enable Concept-i to engage with the world around it. Yui appears on the door panels to welcome driver and passengers as they approach the vehicle.

The rear of the car displays messages about upcoming turns or warnings of potential hazards, while the front communicates whether automated or manual drive is engaged.

Mercedes Vision Van debuts– futuristic van comes with DRONES and ROBOTS

This bizarre-looking electric van is designed to work with a drone to optimize package delivery. Mercedes’ Vision Van is part of a $562 million investment over the next five years to create a network of all-electric vans and drones for a rapid delivery service.

The van has a fully automated cargo space that loads packages and alerts the driver when approaching a drop-off location for one of them. It will then push that package through a hatch on the roof so a drone can grab it and fly it to the right location.

It’s still unclear when we’ll see the van in use, but it’s an interesting step showing Mercedes’ intent to revolutionize the logistics of package delivery.

BMW Vision Next 100 concept

This concept car is loaded with innovative features, but the one we can’t stop talking about is its wheels. The wheels on the BMW Vision Next 100 concept are essentially one with the car, allowing them to make this beautifully sleek movement when the steering wheel is turned.

It’s a really tiny detail, but it shows a new interest in rethinking the general design or aesthetic of a car. We just hope changing a flat tire isn’t too cumbersome if this ever comes to fruition.

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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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