98m Yacht AVIVA launched by Abeking & Rasmussen

The brand new 98m Superyacht Aviva has been launched by Abeking & Rasmussen at their Lemwerder shipyard on the banks of the river Weser outside Bremen, Germany, starting 2017 extremely well for the yacht builder.

This is the largest private yacht to have been built and launched by the German shipyard and it’s also the largest completed project by British design Reymond Langton. Both companies are proud and excited by their achievement. Aviva is part of a new current era in extremely large and sophisticated luxury yacht launches from Europe, which can only be described as a yachting Renaissance.

Aviva launch video:

The yacht’s owner is Mr. Joe Lewis, who commissioned both her design and construction. He also owns another well-known Abeking & Rasmussen yacht called Aviva which was launched in 2007. Both private yachts share similar design themes and Aviva version 2.0 is a natural upgrade in size, design and technology. Indeed, Lewis is an experienced yacht owner who said: “Aviva is more than an office; it is also my home for much of the year. So for me, it is relaxing working from home, wherever Aviva may be in the world.” (in an interview with Bond Technology management). Accordingly, the superyacht is unfortunately very unlikely to be available for yacht charter any time in the near future.

Further Yacht images:

Yacht AVIVA launched by Abeking & Rasmussen - image DrDuu

Yacht AVIVA launched by Abeking & Rasmussen – image DrDuu

Yacht AVIVA launched by Abeking & Rasmussen - image DrDuu

Yacht AVIVA launched by Abeking & Rasmussen – image DrDuu

Yacht AVIVA launched by Abeking & Rasmussen - image DrDuu

Yacht AVIVA launched by Abeking & Rasmussen – image DrDuu

Yacht AVIVA launched by Abeking & Rasmussen - image DrDuu

Yacht AVIVA launched by Abeking & Rasmussen – image DrDuu

At 98 metres motor yacht AVIVA is one of the latest new important yacht launches in the world.

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New sporty Porsche 911 GTS versions unveiled

Porsche has expanded the 911 range with the introduction of the latest GTS model, adding a more powerful and driver-focused 911 to the line-up.

The 911 GTS is available in rear- or all-wheel drive, and in Coupe, Cabriolet and Targa variants, with prices starting at £94,316 for the rear-wheel drive GTS Coupe. The range tops out at £108,144 for the all-wheel drive Targa 4 GTS model. 

It’s powered by an uprated version of the same 3.0-litre flat-six engine in the standard 911, meaning the GTS is also now turbocharged. Porsche has tweaked the engine to produce an extra 30bhp, up to 444bhp. That’s 20bhp more than the previous naturally-aspirated GTS model.

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There’s a choice of gearboxes, with a seven-speed manual or PDK dual-clutch gearbox both available. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is standard, with the car being lowered by 10mm (and a further 10mm on the GTS Coupe versions). The Sport Chrono pack, adding dynamic engine mounts and a sports exhaust is also fitted.

The fastest accelerating GTS in the range is the 911 Carrera 4 GTS fitted with the PDK auto; 0-62mph is a claimed 3.6 seconds. Porsche also says this model is the most efficient, too, returning economy of 34mpg and 188g/km of CO2.

All cars use the wider 1,852mm chassis from the AWD variants, giving even the RWD cars a sportier stance, while a new front bumper design and bigger rear spoiler feature as well.

At the back there are smoked lenses for the lights, a black air intake grille and twin exhaust pipes, plus a black strip between the taillights on RWD cars, which is illuminated on AWD ones. The Targa gets a black roof bar, while all models get new 20-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, GTS models get Alcantara seats with GTS logos, aluminium trim and a stopwatch on the dash. There’s also an updated version of the Porsche Track Precision app, letting you display driving data on your smartphone.

The 911 GTS is available now, with first deliveries in March – and buyers get a free driving day at Porsche’s facility at Silverstone, too.

Would you buy a Porsche 911 GTS model? Let us know in the comments box below…

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Jeep Pickup, Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer Investment Confirmed

Putting speculation to rest, FCA announced today it is spending $1 billion to retool plants in Michigan and Ohio to make the Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, and a Jeep pickup by 2020.

The move adds 2,000 jobs in the U.S. at plants in Warren, Mich., and Toledo, Ohio. It is part of a massive reorganization of what FCA makes and where, a plan announced in January 2016 that is being executed over a number of years. This is part of the second phase and reflects FCA’s emphasis on trucks and SUVs as it downsizes its car lineup.

The Warren truck plant currently makes Ram pickups but the trucks are moving to the Sterling Heights plant in Michigan and Warren is being retooled to make add an all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer at the top of the Jeep lineup, competing with high-line Land Rovers. Warren could also make the Ram heavy-duty pickup in the future–it is currently assembled in Mexico.

Jeep Wrangler Pickup in the Shade
Jeep Wrangler Pickup Front
Jeep Wrangler Pickup Close Up Look
Jeep Wrangler Pickup Top Look

Jeep will add a pickup in Toledo.

It is the latest announcement by a U.S. automaker to keep jobs in the U.S. in the wake of a campaign of tweet-shaming by President-elect Donald Trump. Ford recently cancelled plans for a $1.6 billion new plant in Mexico and instead announced an increased investment in the U.S., although it did not not change plans to build its small cars in Mexico.

“The conversion of our industrial footprint completes this stage of our transformation as we respond to the shift in consumer tastes to trucks and SUVs, and as we continue to reinforce the U.S. as a global manufacturing hub for those vehicles at the heart of the SUV and truck market,” said Sergio Marchionne, FCA’s CEO, in a statement, noting he has worked with the UAW on the plans.

“The expansion of our Jeep lineup has been and continues to be the key pillar of our strategy,” Marchionne said. The dates reflect a delay from original plans to launch the Grand Wagoneer but confirm the high-end SUV is still coming after reports suggesting it had been cancelled.

Marchionne said the plant moves means FCA “will finally have the capacity to successfully penetrate markets other than the U.S. which have historically been denied product due to capacity constraints.”

FCA is negotiating government incentives for the investment.

The automaker already said it is spending $1 billion to ready its plant in Belvidere, Illinois, to make the Jeep Cherokee this year (fit is currently made in Toledo). Then the Toledo plant will be retooled to produce the next-generation Jeep Wrangler.

And FCA is spending nearly $1.5 billion in its Sterling Heights plant in Michigan to make the next-generation Dodge Ram after it is moved out of Warren Truck.

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Superyachts Explained. What’s Your Type?

A superyacht charter is the ultimate, luxurious holiday experience. Not only are you able to enjoy an exceptional level of freedom and privacy on the water, there’s always plenty to keep you occupied too. From exciting water sport activities to onboard gourmet dining on deck, exploring remote hidden islands to visiting some of the world’s prestigious ports. A superyacht charter vacation offers unsurpassed indulgence and a tailored itinerary, unlike any other type of holiday. When it comes to chartering a superyacht, here are the top options:

1. OPEN STYLE SUPERYACHTS

There’s a fabulous choice of open style superyachts to choose from. This type of yacht design focuses on speed and performance reaching speeds of around 35 knots with ease. Just imagine sailing to St Tropez for lunch then speeding off to Monaco for dinner, while enjoying a refreshing swim along the way. Experience al fresco aft deck dining, water toy fun and sunbathing, all in one day.

Open Style Superyacht Khalila

Open Style Superyacht Khalila

2. CLASSIC SUPERYACHTS

Chartering a classic superyacht will provide you with all the ambience, grace and style of a bygone era of boating. Onboard guests can experience sumptuous luxury, superior craftsmanship, world class cuisine and lavish accommodation. Classic superyachts have exceptional amenities and facilities such as air conditioning, refrigeration, high speed internet access as well as fabulous home entertainment systems.

Classic Motor Yacht MALAHNE

Classic Motor Yacht MALAHNE

3. EXPEDITION AND EXPLORATION SUPERYACHTS

As the name suggests, these types of superyachts are designed to stray off the beaten track. During your voyage you’re bound to see whales and dolphins swimming majestically across the ocean, so don’t forget to take your camera. Wonderful onboard fixtures and fittings will make you feel like a famous celebrity. There’s everything from Danish leather, Italian marble to French toiletries as well as cashmere throws. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to go on a chartered expedition superyacht holiday.

Ulysses

Ulysses

4. CORPORATE SUPERYACHTS

What better way to impress clients than by arranging a corporate superyacht trip? Everyone can enjoy and take in spectacular scenery while receiving a first class service from professional crew. Corporate superyachts are renowned for their conference facilities with state-of-the-art technology and laid-back atmosphere. Boost the morale of your employees or hold your next annual general meeting onboard a corporate superyacht.

Superyacht O'Mega can accommodate 28 guests

One of the best corporate superyachts O’Mega can accommodate 28 guests

5. LUXURY SUPERYACHTS

Enjoy freedom, opulence and elegance onboard a luxury superyacht. Exquisite cuisine will be prepared to your liking by your very own personal chef, you can dine whenever and wherever you want to. Interior saloons are spacious and tastefully designed while private cabins are large with individual en suites that often include Jacuzzis and bathtubs. Decks are designed with overflowing space, ideal for sunbathing and other outdoor activities.

Superyacht Solandge. Main Deck Saloon. Photo credit Klaus Jordan

Superyacht Solandge. Main Deck Saloon. Photo credit Klaus Jordan

6. MEGA YACHTS

Thinking of having a vacation with family or friends? Then reserve a mega superyacht charter. On board you can find vast deck spaces, multi-level entertainment and relaxation areas, VIP state rooms, private en suite bathrooms, lush carpets, fine linens and cabins providing spectacular views of the yacht’s surroundings. There are plenty of special features, Jacuzzis, spas, massage rooms, saunas as well as indoor or open-air gymnasiums.

Megayacht Alfa Nero

Megayacht Alfa Nero

Megayacht Tomorrow

Megayacht Tomorrow

7. HIGH PERFORMANCE SUPERYACHTS

How about going on a high performance superyacht charter journey? With stylish interior and exterior designs throughout, roomy accommodation, large saloons and dining areas, high performance superyachts tick all the right boxes when it comes to a vacation at sea. Set sail for the Windward Islands, Antigua, the South of France or the Indian Ocean to experience what a high performance superyacht charter holiday is all about.

High performance superyacht Astro: max speed 50 kn

High performance superyacht Astro: max speed 50 kn

Hemisphere

High speed and huge size: High performance sailing superyacht Hemisphere

8. MULTI-HULLED SUPERYACHTS

Usually catamarans, these types of vessels are getting bigger and more popular every year. As they glide effortlessly across the water, multi-hulled superyachts have impressive interiors with many assuming two tiered main salons and VIP suites with saunas. For guests there are multiple pools, onboard art galleries, cinemas, grand libraries and one of the main features, sliding glass panels on both sides of the vessel.

Motor Yacht ADASTRA - a McConaghy Boats Trimaran Superyacht

Motor Yacht ADASTRA – a McConaghy Boats Trimaran Superyacht

CharterWorld specialises in luxury yacht charters aboard crewed superyachts. When it comes to superyacht charter we are the largest specialist retail broker worldwide. Our very experienced brokers have a lot to offer in terms of specific experience, advocacy and advice for charterers or new to yacht charter, before and during their booking and holiday.

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2018 Kia Stinger debuts with twin-turbo V-6, rear-wheel drive

It was at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show that Kia first hinted at the launch of a rear-wheel-drive sports sedan with the unveiling of the GT concept. More than half a decade on, the production version of the striking concept has been revealed as the 2018 Kia Stinger.

Kia’s finally taking the covers off its new coupe-like sedan on Sunday at the 2017 Detroit auto show. Joining the K900 in Kia’s small but growing rear-wheel-drive arsenal, the car promises to be the most dynamic model ever launched by the Korean brand. Extensive development took place on the Nürburgring, with former BMW M engineering boss Albert Biermann tasked with honing the chassis.

The Stinger’s suspension features MacPherson front and multi-link rear setups plus adaptive dampers, the latter adjustable viable a drive modes selector. There is also electronic power steering and an available all-wheel-drive system with electronic torque vectoring. (Rear-wheel-drive versions get a mechanical limited-slip differential.)

Two powertrains will be offered at launch. The base option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 delivering an estimated 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Those seeking more performance will be able to opt for a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 delivering an estimated 365 hp and 376 lb-ft. The sole transmission is an 8-speed, paddle-shifted automatic.

The 4-cylinder Stinger is fitted as standard with 18-inch wheels shod with 225/45-size tires. The V-6 model comes with staggered 19-in wheels with 225/40-size tires up front and a 255/35-size set in the rear. The V-6 model also benefits from Brembo brakes with 4-piston calipers up front and 2-piston calipers in the rear. Performance specs are yet to be announced but we know the V-6 model hits 60 mph from rest in 5.1 seconds.

At 114.4 inches, the Stinger’s wheelbase is longer than that of rival coupe-like sedans such as the Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLS , which means interior space should be generous for the class. Kia also boasts that cargo space is also larger than in many rivals.

Inside, you’ll find all the modern touches as well as a few premium options such as Nappa leather and a 15-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system. The center console is split into two specific areas: the infotainment controls sit below a large color touchscreen, while the climate and ventilation controls nestle beneath. There are also electronic driver aids such as adaptive cruise control, collision warning, and blind spot and cross traffic warning.

Kia has confirmed that sales of the Stinger will start in late 2017. Pricing information will be announced closer to the market launch but should fall somewhere between the $32k starting price of the Cadenza and $50k price of the K900.

For more from the Detroit auto show, head to our dedicated hub.

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Dakar’s marathon stage slashed due to bad weather

Monday’s test, dubbed a ‘marathon stage’ as crews will not be allowed any assistance in the Uyuni bivouac, was originally to feature a 322km timed run.
But recurring rainfall in Bolivia has made running the stage to plan untenable, and the timed section has been shortened as a result.
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