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Classic Motor Show Indonesia: Indonesian President (OICC Show)

Otoblitz Indonesia Classic Car - OICC Show 2013.

Among the many presidents of Indonesia, Sukarno has made great impact as one of the best and greatest presidents ever rule in this nation.  He wasn’t only popular because of his policy and the way he ruled the government, but he was also popular because of his exclusive and exquisite taste in almost anything, including cars. He was known to have very impressive auto collection – for his time – which was of course quite expensive.

Well, his car collections was exhibited during the 2013 Classic Motor Show Indonesia and lots of visitors like to see what kind of Indonesian President car should look like. But aside from seeing the collections, they are also quite surprised to see Sukarno during the Otoblitz Indonesia Classic Car – OICC Show 2013. No, it’s not that they are seeing the president’s ghost or dealing with poltergeist; what they see is actually is Sukarno’s impersonator, Sumarto. Lots of people were quite shocked to see Sukarno stood in front of his collections, but it was actually only Sumarto dressed up as Sukarno. He looked similar to Sukarno because he was wearing complete apparel and accessories, such as the stick and the uniform.

Sumarto – born in Gunung Kidul on January the 1st 1969 – admitted that he idolizes Sukarno and he is much inspired by the Indonesian first president’s style. because of his almost similar behavior and look to Sukarno, he is often hired as Sukarno’s impersonator in several events, with payment around IDR 250,000 per hour.

The car collection itself was quite impressive. There were Chrysler Windsor Limo from 1947, Buick Super Sedan from 1949, Chrysler Imperial Le Baron from 1964 and Crown Coupe from 1953, Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Series Limo from 1957 and 1964, Oldsmobile Sedan 98 from 1963, Imperial 4 Doors Crown from 1962, ZIL 111 Limo from 1961, and also Imperial Ghia Crown Limo from 1959.

2012 LA Auto Show Design Challenge

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Every year, the Board of Directors for the Design Los Angeles would come up with a certain theme for the Auto Design Challenge event. The activity has been going on for the last 9 years and for the 2012 LA Auto Show Design Challenge theme, the theme would be the 2015 Vehicle for the Highway Patrol.

Several different designing executives are joining the board. During the event, most of the auto design studios from all over the world would be invited to join the vent. For this year’s event, studios from America, Japan, and Germany have been confirmed to join in order to compete for this year’s theme. The theme would require the participants to come up with suitable, stylish, strong, and also highly functional vehicle for the highway patrol by considering the society and also transportation condition in the future – in 2015, for sure.

For the Auto Show Design Challenge this year, the patrol officers should be able to meet their ‘protect and service’ as well as paying attention to the condition surround them. they should be thinking about population growth, emission issue, and also the transportation infrastructure.

The vehicle should empower highway patrol officers to meet new demands and effectively both “protect and serve” the public while considering not just enforcement needs but emission concerns, population growth and transportation infrastructure, among other trends.

The winner should pass these requirements:

  • Being able to deliver creative solution
  • Being able to deliver the required emission rate and technology

Being able to pay attention to environmental maintenance and also recyclability

VW E Bugster Cabriolet

At the Beijing International Motor Show this year, German auto giant, Volkswagen unveiled a convertible version of the VW E-Bugster Cabriolet, which is intended to preview a production version of latest Beetle model. Beijing is chosen because the German company wants to see the response of the Asian market about the car because some rumors said that the car is planned to be brought globally in the future.

VW E Bugster Cabriolet – Electric drivetrain

Similar like the VW E-Bugster coupe that appeared in front of the public for the first time at the North American Auto Show last month, the VW E-Bugster Cabriolet version is supported by an all-electric drivetrain. The concept is bringing an electric motor that according to the German company, it is able to produce up to 115 horsepower. The electric motor is supported by a pack of lithium-ion battery, which gives the car a range of 110 miles. When using a fast charging station, the battery pack can be refilled completely in just 35 minutes.

Although most of the parts and accessories are taken from the Volkswagen E-Bugster coupe, but the convertible version brings some differences, especially on its design. The windshield drop top of the convertible version is 90mm lower than the coupe and the VW E Bugster Cabriolet is also given a unique cover behind the rear seats. It is not only an accessory because the cover also conceals the lithium-ion battery pack.

The size of the VW E Bugster Cabriolet is exactly the same as the production version Beetle, which means that the car should be a pretty indication of what to expect from the upcoming Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. Based on some rumors, the car will be bowed sometime in the end of this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Finally, Ford unveils production version Ford EcoSport

Ford has revealed the production version of the EcoSport to the public at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. The American automaker has also given information to the public and media about the interiors of the compact SUV. From the images and reviews in media, we can capture that Ford does not make too many changes to the physical appearance of the EcoSport; the only feature that is missing is just the LED headlamps. However, to make balance, the North American based automaker gives it a spare wheel cover and all the promotional vehicles are covered with Mars Red paint color.

The Ford EcoSport is a compact SUV that is based on the B2E platform and it is internally known as the B515. From the physical appearance, the EcoSport might be looks radically different with another Ford model, which is Fiesta, but the interiors of both vehicles are very similar, off course with very slight changes. It happens because the EcoSport is based on the platform of the Fiesta, which makes the American based automaker a huge cost advantage.

Under the EcoSport’s hood, Ford puts a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine produces 120 PS of power and 170 Nm of torque. According to Ford, the engine is able to match the performance of a 1.6-liter engine but with 20% reduction in the fuel consumptions. The compact turbocharged petrol engine spends one liter of fuel for 20 km. To support the performance, the engine is mated to a 6-speed PowerShift automatic and a 5-speed manual transmission. Ford also provides diesel engine – 1.5-liter TDCi – produce 90 BHP and 200 Nm. The diesel engine is only available with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard.

The ground clearance of the compact SUV is 200mm and 550mm of water wadding capability. Other standard features include keyless entry with button start and Ford’s SYNC system.