DUCATI SUPERB PODIUM

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Superb podium for Dovizioso, who finishes the GP of the Americas at Austin in second place. Iannone fifth.
After second place in the opening round of the 2015 MotoGP season in Qatar, Andrea Dovizioso confirmed his current run of good form and the competitiveness of the Ducati Desmosedici GP15 in the Grand Prix of the Americas at Austin, in Texas, where he again finished runner-up. The Ducati Team rider rode an aggressive race, getting the holeshot from the starting grid and leading for the first four laps, before being passed by Marc Marquez who went on to win the race.

Dovizioso was then involved in an exciting battle with Rossi, who passed him on lap 8, but he remained right behind his compatriot, getting past on lap 16 and administering his advantage until the chequered flag. Thanks to this second successive runner-up slot, Dovizioso is now second in the championship, just one point behind Rossi.

Team-mate Andrea Iannone, who started from row 3, also had a good race. After starting well, the man from Vasto in Southern Italy unfortunately lost touch with the leaders on the opening lap when he had to avoid being caught up in the crash between Redding and Pol Espargarò. He then began a good recovery, passing Aleix Espargarò, Jorge Lorenzo and Bradley Smith, and reached fourth place behind Dovizioso on lap 8.

Iannone tried to attack his team-mate, but after a few laps he had to slow his pace because of front tyre wear, and he was then passed by Lorenzo on lap 19 and had to settle for fifth. The Ducati Team man now lies in fourth place overall in the Riders’ standings.

Thanks to today’s results, Ducati are second in the Constructors’ table, just one point behind Yamaha, and the Ducati Team are equal first in the special Teams’ classification.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 2nd
“Today was a superb race and I take enormous personal satisfaction from it because here at Austin the races are always special: on this circuit you have to administer your energy, your tyres and your pace, something that does not happen in other circuits. I am particularly pleased with the work of my team because on a completely different track from Losail we confirmed that the GP15 is competitive and we managed to improve during the weekend. This year we have already had two great races, but we must continue to work because we’re still lacking a bit of fine-tuning in braking and traction, small improvements that will make the difference when it comes to fighting for the top positions at every circuit.”

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 5th
“All things considered it was a positive weekend, even though I am not very happy with my fifth place. Today it was difficult to obtain anything more, because I lost a lot of time at the start when Redding crashed in front of me. Then I had to push hard to make up the four-second gap from the leaders and it was not very easy. I had to push a lot at the front and on the tyres in general, and inevitably I paid for that in the last five laps. It was a pity, but in any case I am happy to have a competitive bike that every Sunday can fight for the podium and which allows me to stay up at the front with the top riders, and I am bringing home some important results.”

Luigi Dall’Igna (Ducati Corse General Manager)
“For sure today was another great race for our team, and Dovizioso’s runner-up position is even sweeter than the one in Qatar. We made a courageous decision to use a softer front tyre than almost everyone else, convinced that the problem was not due to the tyre but to riding style. Dovi was really good and he was capable of managing the race intelligently by trying to spare the front tyre. He was then incisive at the right moment and managed to bring home a great result. Iannone also ran a good race and was very quick on the track. I think that he too could have fought for the podium had he not had to push hard in the opening laps, when he had to fight to pass several riders before catching the leading group, and towards the end of the race he then had problems with the front tyre. Now we are going to Argentina where we will try and confirm the good performances of the first two rounds of the championship at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.”

DUCATI IS BACK

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Ducati is back at the Audi City Lab showcasing two exhibits related to the themes of design and lightness

The Audi City Lab returns to Via Montenapoleone in Milan until 10 May

The “four rings” location becomes a hub for conferences and discussions centred around design, culture, sustainability and innovation
A sculpture in marble and a motorcycle suspended in mid-air celebrate the “Ducati Lightness Experience” dedicated to lightness and design
Borgo Panigale (Bologna), Italy 16 April 2015 – Ducati is back at the Audi City Lab which, following its success last December, is returning to Via Montenapoleone in the centre of Milan for the city’s Design Week, until 10 May.
The Audi City Lab is located in Milan’s fashion district, known as the Golden Quadrilateral, which attracts the movers and shakers of the international design scene – a prestige location for the series of events that are scheduled to take place. The themes covered will range from design and music to the future of mobility and innovation. A host of exceptional guests will be participating, including architects, designers and high-profile personalities from the various brands which make up the Audi Group – Audi, Ducati, Lamborghini and Italdesign Giugiaro.

Ducati has chosen to contribute to the Audi City Lab with the “Lightness Experience” represented by two different exhibits.

The first exhibit, on display until 28 April outside the location, directly on Via Montenapoleone, is a sculpture in gorgeous white Carrara marble. Designed by Gianandrea Fabbro (Chief Designer at the Ducati Design Centre) it is inspired by the style and lines of the Panigale, which Fabbro himself designed.

The sculpture called “Fortitudo mea in levitate” (My lightness is my strength) was created from three blocks of the purest Carrara marble, sculpted with great mastery to convey the sense of lightness set in strong contrast with the weight of the marble, the art of sculpture’s most noble material.

The second exhibit places the spotlight on a Ducati Panigale R, the most powerful and efficient production bike available in the range, a true benchmark in the field in terms of power to weight ratio. The Panigale R is on display on the first floor of the temporary store where it will stay for the entire time the Audi City Lab is open. Wall-mounted, inside a symbolic display case, the motorcycle looks as if it were floating, weightless, defying the laws of gravity, reiterating the theme of the “Ducati Lightness Experience” and accentuated in this instance by the impact of its technological content.

Seoul Motorshow 2015

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IF you have a back pain, you should select Mercedes AMG CLA 45. Recently I have visited Seoul Motorshow 2015, I tried to take a seat for my back. The best is Mercedes AMG CLA 45, it has very hard seat and wonderful for my back. Next is MINI 5 door, Lexus IS250 and VW GTI.

High end package would be fine, but seats are so comfortable. Hard seat is great for long driving. It is True. Recaro is another solution when you bought MB E Class and higher.

Salone del Mobile 2015 MINI

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MINI has joined forces with the Spanish designer and artist Jaime Hayon for this year’s Salone del Mobile. The highlight of this cooperation is a multi-faceted installation which presents Jaime Hayon’s personal vision of urban mobility in the future in the shape of an imaginary living space.
As part of the installation, which can be viewed at the Laboratorio Bergognone, Jaime Hayon embarks on a journey into the mobile future. The focus of attention is the MINI Citysurfer Concept. This flexible electric kick-scooter gets you around town in a way that is even more individual and smarter – and, for Jaime Hayon, more inventive.
Taking his lead from its mobility attributes, Jaime Hayon has given the MINI Citysurfer Concept a new interpretation while taking its design dimension a step further. With the variants he has created, he takes us along on a fantastical trip through a modern metropolis.
Two new looks for the innovative concept.
Jaime Hayon has designed two distinctive versions of the MINI Citysurfer Concept. The surfaces of an artistic and playful version recall blue and white porcelain. With its graphical dots and stripes in rich colour tones, the Citysurfer Concept sports a cheerful pattern.
The second scooter also features the distinctive Hayon design. This version is an elegant and refined interpretation using high-grade materials. Copper and subdued shades of green are the dominating colour scheme, handlebar grips made of naturally coloured leather, anodised metal and polished copper details refine a modern look combined with classical elements. Both concepts reflect Hayon’s style which is so unmistakable as it combines playful aspects and a focus on special material combinations.
The urban jungle as an aesthetic space. 
Using the MINI Citysurfer Concept, Jaime Hayon has created a space representing his idea of the urban jungle. “For me mobility means change and discovery. I wanted to explore this world of being on the move with my very own vision”, says Hayon. His streets of marble stretch out towards an imaginary destination of shining blue columns. You are guided through the traffic not by a forest of signs but by simple dots, lines and reflective surfaces. Conventional traffic lights give way to gleaming copper lamps along the route, turning the city into an aesthetic playground.
Jaime Hayon’s installation thus gives the visitor to the Laboratorio Bergognone a unique sense of immersion in an imaginary space. “MINI makes you feel alive. Jaime Hayon straightaway understood our identity and took us on a ride into his vibrant and inspirational world of aesthetics. His installation exudes creativity and invites everyone to come along for the ride!”, says Anders Warming, Head of MINI Design.
Change of perspective. Combination of innovation and tradition. Accessories especially developed for the installation reflect the dimensions of fantasy with which the Spanish designer takes us into the future of mobility. A helmet which resembles more of a mask than protective equipment plays with different perspectives. Two jacket models designed by Jaime Hayon featuring countless compartments are indispensable companions for dynamic travel. When it came to developing accessories, Jaime Hayon likewise discovered new technologies and combined them with traditional materials and craft techniques, as used for example in creating Venetian masks.
The MINI Citysurfer Concept design was implemented in close cooperation with the MINI design team led by Anders Warming, Head of MINI Design. Further details were manufactured in special craft workshops in Italy. Hayon brings together what seems opposite in an impressive fashion: High-tech and craftsmanship, innovation and tradition, playfulness and earnestness. This also became clear during Hayon’s intensive collaboration with the MINI design team. “Jaime Hayon was propelled into the international spotlight with his cheerful and distinctive designs. For us at MINI it is a particular pleasure to witness how he re-enacts the fun part of future mobility while seriously discussing its core values with this project”, is how Anders Warming sums of the cooperation with the designer.
Smart mobility. The MINI Citysurfer Concept. 
The MINI Citysurfer Concept presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2014 stands for flexibility in urban areas: offering a comfortable, exciting and, not least, zero-emission ride, it plugs the frequent time-consuming gaps in the transport infrastructure of today’s big cities. As a lightweight and compact single-track vehicle in the style of a kick-scooter with electric drive, the design study highlights the options for getting straight to your destination irrespective of congestion and the lack of parking spaces. Thanks to its minimal weight of around 18 kilograms (40 lbs) and its folding concept, it can be easily stowed away in the boot of the new MINI 5-door, for example.

Red Dot Design Award 2015

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Two models from Mercedes-Benz Cars have been awarded this prestigious design prize: the Mercedes-AMG GT has won the “Red Dot: Best of the Best” for outstanding design quality and groundbreaking styling, while the smart fortwo takes the “Red Dot” for high design quality. Both models have already won the similarly internationally renowned “iF product design award 2015”.
All in all, 1994 manufacturers and designers from 56 countries entered a grand total of 4928 products in this year’s prestigious “Red Dot” design competition, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. The aim of the 38-member jury is to acknowledge the finest achievements in international product design. The award ceremony will take place on 29 June 2015 at the Aalto Theatre in the German city of Essen.
  • With the new Mercedes-AMG GT, the sports car and performance brand of Mercedes-Benz joins a high-calibre line-up in what is a new segment for the company. The Mercedes-AMG GT has everything you would expect from an authentic sports car – from distinctive styling with breathtaking proportions, powerfully shaped surfaces and flowing lines, through to thoroughbred motorsport technology and optimum weight distribution.
  • The revolution enters the next round – the smart fortwo has undergone improvements in virtually all areas and is markedly more comfortable. The appearance of the third-generation smart fortwo exudes a clear, purist character and has undergone further development along very progressive lines. With its typical attributes such as the profile with the ultra-short overhangs, its clear lines and surfaces and the likeable smart face it remains unmistakably smart: fresh, modern and self-confident.

Mercedes-Benz SLK

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Mercedes-Benz is sending the SLK into the summer roadster season. The two-seater sports car now boasts powerful new engines and transmissions, and excels with exemplary efficiency. The new model year SLK is available to order now.
In 1996 Mercedes-Benz redefined the roadster with the innovative vario-roof, and combined open-air driving pleasure with uncompromised comfort in poor weather. For the new model year of the SLK, Mercedes-Benz has once again combined passion with good sense to appeal to both the heart and mind.
This is impressively demonstrated by the SLK 250 d. Like its predecessor, it develops an output of 150 kW (204 hp), and thanks to its high torque of 500 Nm the two-seater accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in a brisk 6.6 seconds. Moreover, 0.4 of a litre less fuel per 100 kilometres now flows through the injection system of the four-cylinder power unit. Its combined average consumption (NEDC) is 4.4 litres of diesel fuel. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 114 grams per kilometre. This makes the SLK 250 d the most environmentally friendly roadster in its performance class. In the other four-cylinder SLK models, a new engine generation with 3rd-generation direct injection and multi-spark ignition ensures sporty driving enjoyment. In the SLK 200, the four-cylinder engine generates 135 kW (184 hp) from a displacement of 1991 cc and torque of 300 Nm – this is 30 Nm more than the preceding model. In the new SLK 300, which replaces the SLK 250, the output from the same displacement increases by 30 kW versus the preceding model, to 180 kW (245 hp). At the same time torque is increased by 60 Nm to 370 Nm.
As standard Mercedes-Benz combines the SLK 200 with a new 6-speed manual transmission which excels with a high level of gearshift comfort and precise travel. The new SLK 300 and the SLK 250 d on the other hand are equipped with the new nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission as standard. This allows very fast gear changes – especially in Manual mode – and also lower engine speeds. This has a particularly beneficial effect on efficiency and noise comfort. Optionally the SLK 200 is also available with the innovative 9G-TRONIC.
The 9G-TRONIC transmission comes with a newly designed, sporty DIRECT SELECT lever on the centre console, as well as steering wheel gearshift paddles.
All the SLK models feature the ECO start/stop function and meet the EU6 emissions standard. This also applies to the SLK 350 and SLK 55 AMG, which round off the SLK family.
The extended standard equipment of the SLK includes LED daytime running lamps in a rod design. An LTE-capable exterior onboard aerial is also new in conjunction with the optionally available convenience telephony. The high transfer rates of this new, high-performance mobile radio standard allow an even better quality of reception and transmission. This also benefits the performance of the COMAND Online multimedia system with extremely fast internet access and intuitive operation.
The range of assistance and safety systems, from ATTENTION ASSIST to DISTRONIC PLUS incl. COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, is likewise impressive. The latter system features automatic proximity control, a collision warning function including Adaptive Brake Assist and initiation of autonomous partial braking if the driver fails to react. Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist are also optionally available.
Two new paint finishes, “selenite grey metallic” and “designo cerussite grey magno”, add a breath of fresh summer air to the colour range available for the SLK.
A feature that continues to be unique to the SLK is the panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL – this glass roof is lightened or darkened at the touch of a button. This means that it provides an open-air feeling at any time, but when required gives welcome shade under a hot sun.
The classic strengths of the SLK also include its well-designed boot, which at 335 litres has easily the highest capacity in this segment, and a very sporty suspension which demands no compromises in terms of comfort. The standard suspension already ensures agility and comfort on long journeys. The optional Dynamic Handling package with adaptive damping system, Direct-Steer system, ESP® Dynamic Cornering Assist and suspension lowered by ten millimetres all enable outstanding handling dynamics and make sure that the SLK not only excels on the handling circuit, but also when it comes to comfort.

PRAKTIK VINOTECA BARCELONA


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The city of Barcelona has a rich cultural history of good wine. The boutique Praktik Hotel brand is capitalizing on this fact by offering up yet another version of their themed hotels.

Located in the modernist art district of Eixample, the hotel was designed by Contemporain Studio (winner of the 2013 AD prize.) Famed interior designer Lazaro Rosa-Violan worked to integrate wine as a decorative theme throughout the space.