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SV
10-29-2005, 01:18 PM
http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/4043/montgomerysig.jpg

Most of you probably already know about the Montgomery group, but for those who don't, it's my own imaginary car company consisting of three brands: Montgomery AG, Shannon AG, and Avioli SpA.

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http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/8017/montgomeryavatar.jpg

<FONT SIZE="5"><b>Montgomery</b></FONT> <FONT COLOR="gray"><FONT SIZE="5">AG</FONT></FONT>

Founded in 1951, Montgomery is a mainstream brand competing with Ford, Opel, Toyota, and Volkswagen, among others.

<B>Brand headquarters:</B> Hamburg, Germany

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<FONT SIZE="3"><b>Grand Legend IV</b></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">Full-size MPV</FONT>
Original release date: January 2008
<A HREF="http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/5372/montgomerygrandlegendmkat3.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Grand Legend front</A>
<A HREF="http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/606/glintprintbd8.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Grand Legend interior
Grand Legend press release (http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=8901)
Specifications: N/A
Pricing: N/A

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<FONT SIZE="3"><b>Gyro Klassik</b></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">Europe budget B-Segment (supermini)</FONT>
Original release date: March 2004, facelift March 2007
<A HREF="http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/4645/gyroviifronttz0.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Gyro Klassik front</A>
<A HREF="http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/1641/gyroviiinteriorma7.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Gyro Klassik interior</A>
<A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=8718" TARGET="_blank">Gyro press release (2007)</A>
<A HREF="http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/2071/gyrospecsrj0.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Gyro Klassik specifications</A>
<A HREF="http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/6025/gyropricetg0.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Gyro pricing</A>

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<FONT SIZE="3"><b>Gyro VII</b></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">B-Segment (supermini)</FONT>
Original release date: March 2010
<A HREF="http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/7394/gyro7revised.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Gyro VII 5-door</A>
Gyro VII 4-door (http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/8805/gyrosedan.jpg)
<A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=18529" TARGET="_blank">Gyro VII press release</A>
Gyro VII US press release (http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=19498)
Gyro specifications: N/A
Gyro pricing: N/A

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<FONT SIZE="3"><b>Horizon II</b></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">Compact SUV</FONT>
Original release date: Summer 2011
<A HREF="http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/8019/horizonbrown.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Horizon II</A>
<A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=19718">Horizon II press release</A>

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<FONT SIZE="3"><b>Icon II</b></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">C-segment hatch/sedan</FONT><br>Original release date: Fall 2009
<A HREF="http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/246/icon2final.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Icon II 5-door</A>
Icon II RSport (http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/552/iconrsportred.jpg)
<A HREF="http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/2662/icon2sedanbig.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Icon II 4-door</A>
Icon II interior (http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/344/iconinterior.jpg)
<A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=18003"_blank">Icon II press release</A>
Icon II RSport press release (http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=19101)
<A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=18377">Icon II US press release</A>
<A HREF="http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/4255/pricelist0002.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Icon II specifications</A>
<A HREF="http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/1982/pricelist0003.jpg"_blank">Icon II pricing</A>

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<FONT SIZE="3"><B>Iota</B></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">A-Segment (city car)</FONT>
Original release date: Fall 2005
<A HREF="http://img357.imageshack.us/img357/3492/montgomeryiotafront5et.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Iota front</A>
<A HREF="http://img357.imageshack.us/img357/5296/iotarear1vt.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Iota rear</A>
<A HREF="http://img357.imageshack.us/img357/8594/iotainterior0ln.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Iota interior</A>
<A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=8215" TARGET="_blank">Iota Press release</A>
Specifications: N/A
Pricing: N/A

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<FONT SIZE="3">Merit</FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">Hybrid C-segment</FONT>
Original release date: Summer 2012
Merit front (http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/4596/meritblue.jpg)
Merit press release (http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=20540)
Specifications: N/A
Pricing: N/A

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<FONT SIZE="3">MŪo</FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">Global budget B-segment (supermini)</FONT>
Original release date: Summer 2010
MŪo front (http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/1544/mioblue.jpg)
MŪo press release (http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=18880)
Specifications: N/A
Pricing: N/A

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<FONT SIZE="3"><b>Nova II</b></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">Compact MPV</FONT>
Original release date: March 2004
<A HREF="http://img95.imageshack.us/img95/9453/novafrontds3.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Nova II front</A>
<A HREF="http://img160.imageshack.us/img160/17/novaiiprct4.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Nova II press release</A>
<A HREF="http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/9987/novaspecsjj8.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Nova II specifications</A>
<A HREF="http://img95.imageshack.us/img95/6390/novapricingrk0.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Nova II pricing</A>

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<FONT SIZE="3"><b>SV100 V</b></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">Midsize sedan/hatch/estate (D-Segment)</FONT>
Original release date: Fall 2007
SV100 front (https://www.dropbox.com/s/vcha8pgc7o25dem/2009MontgomerySV100SEHatch.JPG)
SV100 interior I (http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/5298/sv100finalinteriorfs8.jpg)
SV100 interior II (http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/7335/sv100interioracrylicbz3.jpg)
SV100 press release (http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=8891)
Specifications: N/A
Pricing: N/A
SV100 exterior blueprint (http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/1883/montgomerysv100mkvblueptk7.jpg)

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<FONT SIZE="3"><b>Tugela</b></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">Sporty MPV</FONT>
Original release date: May 2008
Tugela front (http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/6702/tugelablueprintsq7.jpg)
Tugela interior (http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/9659/sportvaninteriorhv1.jpg)
Tugela press release (http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=15106&highlight=Tugela)
Specifications: N/A
Pricing: N/A
Tugela exterior blueprint (http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/590/tugelablueprintdt8.jpg)

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Previous models:

SV100 IV (http://img285.echo.cx/img285/8425/sv100front8jv.jpg) (2001-2007; replaced by SV100 V)
Grand Legend III (http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=8103) (2001-2007; replaced by Grand Legend IV)
Horizon I (http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=14683) (2005-2011; replaced by Horizon II)
Icon I (http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=8559) (2003-2009; replaced by Icon II)
Pioneer (http://img285.echo.cx/img285/5348/pioneerfront8xa.jpg) (2003-2009; discontinued without replacement)

SV
10-29-2005, 01:37 PM
http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/9546/shannonlogosmall.jpg

<FONT SIZE="5"><B>Shannon</B> <FONT COLOR="gray">AG</FONT></FONT>

Shannon is the group's main luxury brand, purchased by Montgomery in the late 1970s when it was near collapse; it's now back on its way up and is vying for Mercedes, Audi, and BMW customers.

<B>Brand headquarters:</B> Cologne, Germany

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<FONT SIZE="3"><B>Type 2</B></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">C-Segment hatch</FONT>
Original release date: Fall 2011 (March 2006 as Series 2)
<A HREF="http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/7233/type2final.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Type 2 front</A>
<A HREF="http://img427.imageshack.us/img427/7954/shannon216rear2am.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Type 2 rear</A>
<A HREF="http://img427.imageshack.us/img427/4039/shannon235interior1lf.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Type 2 interior</A>
<A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=20068" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Type 2 press release</A>
Specifications: N/A
Pricing: N/A

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<FONT SIZE="3"><B>Series 3</B></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">Roadster</FONT>
Original release date: Fall 2005
<A HREF="http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/9215/series3front9sh.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Series 3 front</A>
<A HREF="http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/648/series3rear5he.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Series 3 rear</A>
<A HREF="http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/6171/series3interior9zs.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Series 3 interior</A>
<A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=8221" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Series 3 press release</A>
<A HREF="http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/9153/shannonseries3specifications5c.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Series 3 specifications and pricing</A>

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<FONT SIZE="3"><b>Type 4</b></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">D-segment executive sedan/estate</FONT>
Original release date: Fall 2008 (Fall 2004 as Series 4)
<A HREF="http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/3386/shannontype4wgraphicga3.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Type 4 front</A>
<A HREF="http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/7703/shannonp45type4interiordn4.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Type 4 interior</A>
<A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=16270" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Type 4 press release</A>
<A HREF="http://img49.imageshack.us/my.php?loc=img49&image=Series4specs.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Series 4 specifications</A>
Pricing: N/A

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<FONT SIZE="3"><b>Type 6</b></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">E-segment executive sedan/estate</FONT>
Original release date: Fall 2010
<A HREF="http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/284/type6blue.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Type 6 sedan</A>
<A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=19378" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Type 6 press release</A>
Specifications: N/A
Pricing: N/A

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<FONT SIZE="3"><B>Series 7</B></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">Luxury SUV</FONT>
Original release date: Fall 2005
<A HREF="http://img376.imageshack.us/img376/6537/shannon745front4pk.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Series 7 front</A>
<A HREF="http://img424.imageshack.us/img424/3814/shannon735rear6nv.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Series 7 rear</A>
<A HREF="http://img424.imageshack.us/img424/9890/shannonseries7interior2ce.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Series 7 interior</A>
<A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=8214" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Series 7 press release</A>
Specifications: N/A
Pricing: N/A

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<FONT SIZE = "3"><b>Series 8</b></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">Luxury sedan</FONT>
Original release date: Fall 2003
<A HREF="http://img114.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img114&image=shannonseries8front25bb.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Series 8 front</A>
<A HREF="http://img199.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img199&image=shannonseries8rear9px.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Shannon Series 8 rear</A>
Press release: N/A
Specifications: N/A
Pricing: N/A

SV
10-29-2005, 01:54 PM
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<FONT SIZE="5"><B>Avioli</B> <FONT COLOR="gray">SpA</FONT></FONT></CENTER>

Acquired by Montgomery in 2003, Avioli occupies a spot in the marketplace similar to Shannon, a brand with which it shares most under-the-skin engineering, but is a more left-field, emotional choice, coming from Italy.

<B>Brand headquarters:</B> Alvito, Italy

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<FONT SIZE = "3"><B>Alvito</B></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">Entry-level executive sedan</FONT>
Original release date: March 2004
<A HREF="http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/359/aviolialvitofront0uu.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Avioli Alvito front</A>
Press release: N/A
Specifications: N/A
Pricing: N/A

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<FONT SIZE="3"><B>Borrello</B></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">E-segment executive sedan</FONT>
Original release date: Fall 2005
<A HREF="http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/7858/borrellofront8us.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Avioli Borrello front</A>
<A HREF="http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/6003/borrellorear9eo.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Avioli Borrello rear</A>
<A HREF="http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/8821/borrellointerior6qv.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Avioli Borrello interior</A>
<A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=8216" TARGET="_blank">Avioli Borrello press release</A>
Specifications: N/A
Pricing: N/A

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<FONT SIZE = "3"><B>Marin</B></FONT>
<FONT COLOR="gray">Sport/Luxury SUV</FONT>
Original release date: Fall 2006
<A HREF="http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/4691/aviolimarinfrontpy0.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Avioli Marin front</A>
<A HREF="http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/5863/aviolimarinrearqs0.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Avioli Marin rear</A>
<A HREF="http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/412/aviolimarinintff6.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Avioli Marin interior</A>
<A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=8563" TARGET="_blank">Avioli Marin press release</A>
Specifications: N/A
Pricing: N/A

piokor
11-05-2005, 11:13 AM
Wow, I love almost every single car you have designed, especially the Shannons. I wish I could draw as good as you do...

Nath
11-14-2005, 04:31 PM
I think your designs are great but be nice to see some more diversity between your brands.. interesting to see the difference between your SV100 and your preview of the next one though

SV
11-14-2005, 05:33 PM
thanks for the comments so far <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> i've been trying to diversify all the montgomerys when the redesigns and facelifts come out, but since most of the current lineup is 2 years old or less they aren't going to change much for a while (the icon, pioneer, nova II and gyro are all getting midlife facelifts in 18 months or less though). the new SV100 will hopefully start a new design theme that will be alot easier to make different variations of, but that's still 2 years away too (i'm still working on the design, it's already alot different now than the photoshop i posted a few weeks ago). anyway, im glad you like them nath and piokor06 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by SV at 6:40 PM 11/14/2005</i>

VexedandGlorious
11-17-2005, 12:51 PM
they looks good but i want new models.

SV
12-14-2005, 04:44 PM
thanks for the comments everyone...if anyone else wants to comment you're welcome to do so, since this took alot of time...also, i'm gonna post little "press releases" every once in a while, sales reports and previews of future cars, stuff like that. i'll post road tests too, which i make up occasionally; i have a few for the icon, SV100, series 6 and grand legend on a CD somewhere from when i switched computers, eventually i'll probably post them <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

Mil
01-18-2006, 01:00 PM
Nice work, im starting to intensly study shadows and reflections now, so hopefully when im 14(your age?)ill be as good as you...maybe better, LOLnice work again and keep it up...<p>(ps. i just turned 13)

Lukynix
01-29-2006, 04:03 AM
Sembrano Ford, BMW e Alfa Romeo.

SV
01-29-2006, 12:19 PM
i'm sorry, i'm not sure what you mean...you think they're copies? i see what you mean, it wasn't intentional...although i presume you don't know english, or else you would have replied in english in the first place (no offense intended). most of these designs are evolved from designs a while ago, when they were indeed influenced heavily by ford (the headlights and interiors of montgomerys), BMW (shannon grilles i suppose, although i still think that's a coincidence; if i remember correctly shannon's grille was originally a three bar design, which i then split in half) and alfa (grille, obviously, which was originally supposed to be a giant upside-down A, for the avioli logo, but ended up looking more alfa than i intended after the design was revised), but i'm trying to move away from that...future cars should be more unique <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

car-fan
01-30-2006, 06:14 AM
Yes, he says that they look like Ford, BMW and Alfa... should I translate it for him?

SV
01-30-2006, 05:22 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>car-fan</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yes, he says that they look like Ford, BMW and Alfa... should I translate it for him?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>sure, if you can translate what i said, thanks <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

car-fan
01-31-2006, 07:35 AM
Per Lukynix: Lui dicce che non era sua intenzioni di farle assomigliare ad altri automobili. Una gran parte dei disegni sono stati fatti tempo f√*, quando li disegnava ancora con molte assomiglianze alle Ford, per esempio i fari e l'interni delle Montgomery. Le prime Shannon, se si ricorda bene, le aveva disegnate con una maschera divisa in tre, poi le ha traspformate come le BMW. La mascherina delle "Avioli" doveva interpretare una gigante "A" capovolta. Dice che sta cerchando di fare le sue creazioni per il futuro pi√Ļ uniche.

SV
02-04-2006, 10:41 PM
okay, here's one of the road tests i promised. i really like 4car reviews, so i'll probably do pretend 4car reviews fairly often - i have one of the montgomery icon on a CD from my old computer, as well. i also have a pretend edmunds first drive of the shannon series 6 and 8 (in one review) that i want to post sometime. but anyway, here's the first half (apparently the whole thing is too long):<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>4Car</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Road Test: <B>Shannon Series 7 (2006-)</B><br><B>Sporting 4x4s</B><br><IMG SRC="http://img376.imageshack.us/img376/6537/shannon745front4pk.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><B>4CAR RATING: <FONT COLOR="blue">****1/2</FONT></B><p><B>Assets</B><br>Excellent handling considering its size, ride comfort, interior quality, space, quick and refined powertrain choices across the board.<p><B>Drawbacks</B><br>There are better choices if you plan to go off-road, petrol V8 is slow and petrol six is thirsty compared to rivals, badge still doesn't quite have the allure of BMW or Mercedes-Benz.<p><B>Verdict</B><br>An immensely capable 4x4 that strikes a nice balance between sportiness and comfort.<p><B>INTRODUCTION</B><p>After the very successful Series 4, 6 and 8, Shannon continues its new model onslaught with the Series 7 4x4. The Seven is aimed primarily at the American market, which is evident in its large size - it's considerably bigger than either a Mercedes M-Class or a BMW X5, although slightly smaller overall than the upcoming Audi Q7. Shannon expects 40% of the Seven's annual production to head stateside. However, to please European customers, the Series 7 comes with a wide array of petrol and diesel engines. There are two petrols: in the 735, a new 3.5-litre, 283bhp inline six, while the 745 is powered by the 4.5-litre, 333bhp V8 seen in other Shannons. Diesel options consist of the 730Td, with a 3.0-litre, 220bhp inline 6, and the 745Td, which uses the 645Td's 4.5-litre, 312bhp turbodiesel V8. At the moment, the only available transmission is the six-speed GearSelect manumatic, but Shannon says a conventional manual may become available in the future.<p>The Seven is based on the Series 6's excellent chassis, with some changes: unlike the Series 6's four-link design front and rear, the Seven uses a McPherson strut front suspension and a five-link independent rear axle. The Seven also features Shannon¬Ěs ¬ĚRide Control¬Ě anti-roll bars that almost completely eliminate body roll in turns, but unlike the Series 6, this feature is standard on all Sevens. The Series 7 can come with either coil or air springs.<p>This is an imposing car, with aggressive fender flares, supercar-like air dam and Series 6-on-steroids headlights. The Seven¬Ěs size also contributes to its intimidating presence: it is 4966mm long, 1935mm wide, and 1715mm tall, dimensions that exceed those of its primary rivals from BMW and Mercedes.<p>Special attention was focused on the interior. Since the Series 6 and 8 were introduced in 2003, Shannon has gained a reputation for Audi-like build quality, and the Series 7, apparently, is no exception. Interior space is abundant, with 1965 litres of space available, although the larger Audi Q7 beats the Seven with just over 2000 litres.<p><br><B>RELIABILITY AND QUALITY RATING:</B> <B><FONT COLOR="blue">****</FONT><FONT COLOR="silver">*</FONT></B><p>Shannons are now notoriously high-quality cars, and they have been giving Audi a run for its money in recent years. The Series 7 is no exception: fit and finish are exemplary. Materials are mostly soft to the touch, controls have a tactile, damped feel, the aluminum trim is convincing and the wood trim is high-quality. The leather is also well-made and textured. The Series 7's is made up of a high percentage of aluminum parts, ensuring a stiff structure, so rattles and squeaks should not be a problem. Outside, paint finish is excellent and panels fit together well. Overall, there is an air of solidity about the Series 7, and it easily equals the M-Class and X5 in this respect. Shannons have had a fairly spotty record in reliability surveys, however (though they have not fared any worse than BMW or Mercedes), so we¬Ěll hold off on a five-star rating for now.<p><B>IMAGE RATING:</B> <B><FONT COLOR="blue">****</FONT><FONT COLOR="silver">*</FONT></B><p>Shannon¬Ěs image has taken great strides in recent years. In the 90s, when the company was in the red and building cars based off Montgomery SV100s (which weren¬Ět even very competitive with Ford¬Ěs Mondeo at the time, let alone the 3-Series), Shannon¬Ěs image took a massive blow. However, with the introduction of excellent (and well-selling) cars such as the Series 4 and 6, both of which have proved to be competitive in their respective segments, public perception skyrocketed. Granted, they aren¬Ět quite at the level of BMW or Mercedes (or even Audi) yet, but Shannons are now prestige items nonetheless. The Series 7 should continue Shannon¬Ěs climb up the image ladder: it is certainly upscale in appearance, and while some might prefer the more subdued styling of an M-Class, its striking looks should turn a few heads.</TD></TR></TABLE><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by SV at 5:44 PM 2/7/2006</i>

SV
02-04-2006, 10:44 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>4Car</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>DRIVING RATING:</B> <B><FONT COLOR="blue">****</FONT><FONT COLOR="silver">*</FONT></B><p>Shannon promises the Series 7 will be a driver¬Ěs car - or as much of a driver¬Ěs car as it is possible for a 4x4 to be. We were skeptical, especially with the likes of the BMW X5 around, but of course Shannon¬Ěs claim is just typical PR nonsense. Or is it? Considering the Series 4 and 6 defied expectations and proved to be very nearly as good to drive as their equivalent BMW rivals, maybe there¬Ěs some truth in that statement. Then again, the Seven is about a foot longer than an X5, and considerably heftier.<p>Surprisingly, the Series 7 is a rather entertaining drive. No X5, mind you, but it comes impressively close taking its bulk into consideration. There weren¬Ět many doubts about the steering, since it is essentially the same excellent system used on other cars in the Shannon range. It is just as good here as on any other Shannon: linear, sharp and with good feel, it handily beats the rubbery M-Class and comes fairly close to matching the X5's excellent system. Of course, you¬Ěre always aware that you¬Ěre driving a two-tonne car, but considering its girth the Seven is quite agile. Turn-in is keen and body roll is almost non-existent.<p>The near-complete absence of body roll is, of course, thanks to Shannon¬Ěs Ride Control suspension system, and this is largely what makes the Series 7 so agile for its size. There isn¬Ět much of a trade-off in the ride department: the Series 7 is firm but absorbs bumps well for an off-roader, although it can get choppy on bumpy roads. <p>Off-road ability is not the Series 7's strength. The size and weight of the Seven is evident off-road, and while a capable all-wheel-drive system is standard, there is nothing resembling Land Rover¬Ěs Hill Descent Control. The air suspension is adjustable, and this helps, but the Series 7 is still nowhere near the likes of the Discovery off the pavement.<p><B>PERFORMANCE RATING:</B> <B><FONT COLOR="blue">****</FONT><FONT COLOR="silver">*</FONT></B><p>At just over two tonnes, the 735 is not an F1 car, but it is competitive for its segment. With a respectable 283bhp on tap, the 735 is hauled to 62mph in 8.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 142mph. It is essentially an enlarged version of the excellent 3.0-litre inline six seen on Shannon¬Ěs Series 4 and 6, and like the 3.0-litre (which should soon be replaced with the larger engine across the range soon), it is a very refined powertrain, and matches well with the six-speed GearSelect transmission. The 730Td is the economical choice, saving fuel compared to the 735, although it is slower: 0-62 is achieved in 9 seconds flat. However, an abundance of torque - a massive 372lb ft, to be exact - makes the 730Td livelier and more responsive than the 735, while not sacrificing any refinement.<p>The 745, meanwhile, makes do with a silky-smooth 4.5-litre, 333bhp V8, carried over from the 645 and 845. With 330lb-ft of torque, the 745 gets to 62mph in 7.7 seconds and tops out at 143mph - lackluster compared to its rivals. However, with the inline six growing in power and displacement, it is likely the V8 will follow, especially with Mercedes and BMW enlarging their eight-cylinder engines. If you can afford it, the 745Td appears to be the best choice in the range: acceleration and top speed are identical to the 745, while achieving fuel efficiency only slightly behind that of the 730Td. It¬Ěs a very refined powerplant, as well.<p><B>SAFETY AND SECURITY RATING:</B> <B><FONT COLOR="blue">****</FONT><FONT COLOR="silver">*</FONT></B><p>The Series 7 is, as one would expect, comprehensively equipped. Laser-guided cruise control alerts the driver when they are getting too close to a car in front or behind, which can be useful. Apart from that, the 7 has all the usual safety features: eight airbags (driver, passenger, side, and curtain, all standard), traction and stability control, ISOFIX, and ABS. The Series 7's bulk means that avoiding an accident could prove a challenge, but considering the 7¬Ěs relative agility, this shouldn¬Ět be a problem. The Series 7 also earned the full five-star rating in the NCAP tests, so in the event a collision actually occurs all occupants should be well-protected. The 7 comes standard with keyless go, so it shall prove very difficult to steal should a thief attempt it.<p><B>RUNNING COSTS RATING:</B> <B><FONT COLOR="blue">***</FONT><FONT COLOR="silver">**</FONT></B><p>For a massive two-tonne 4x4, the Series 7 has reasonable servicing costs. All engines meet Euro 4 emissions standards, but fuel economy is inconsistent - the 735 gets a very mediocre 21.5mpg, and the V8 is slightly worse, at 20.4mpg. The diesels, however, fare much better. The 730Td gets a competent 29.8mpg, and the 745Td is, miraculously, only very slightly thirstier, achieving 28.8mpg on the combined cycle. Whenever servicing is required, it can be costly; Shannons are typically more reliable than a BMW or Mercedes, though only slightly so.<p><B>COMFORT AND EQUIPMENT RATING:</B> <B><FONT COLOR="blue">*****</FONT></B><p>This is probably the Seven¬Ěs strongest suit. With coil springs, the ride is firm but absorbent, though it can get choppy on rougher roads. The optional air springs are excellent - in ¬ĚComfort¬Ě setting, they suppress bumps wonderfully and make for a very smooth ride. Noise is well-suppressed as well: at speed there is a bit of wind noise, and when accelerating there is a pleasant growl coming from the engine (especially in eight-cylinder models), but otherwise, this is a quiet place to be.<p>Given the Series 7's 3020mm wheelbase and 4966mm overall length, it is not surprising that this is one of the roomiest 4x4s in its segment. With a tall driver in the front seat, second-row passengers of similar size still have adequate legroom. A neat feature is that the Series 7's middle row can slide back and forth, albeit manually, which allows for either a cavernous second row or a balance between middle- and third-row space. As it stands, though, the third row is never a particularly roomy place to be, although adults can fit comfortably with the middle row in a farther forward position. With the third row in place, cargo space is small, but when folded down there is ample room for luggage. With both rows folded to make a flat load floor, total cargo space, at 1965 litres, trumps the M-Class and embarrasses the X5. A powered tailgate, a new fad these days, is optional on all models.<p>Storage space is adequate, with more cupholders than most people would ever need - this car is aimed at the American market, after all - and a roomy glovebox, among other things. The seats are well-shaped and very comfortable, as well, making for a comfortable and practical interior.</TD></TR></TABLE><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by SV at 5:43 PM 2/7/2006</i>

SV
02-14-2006, 06:04 PM
c'mon, guys, comment, i spent a while on that "review"...we need more people in the gallery section <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0">

Aidan
02-15-2006, 01:43 PM
Nice job SV, i'm sure that took a while. Really intresting to read, can't wait to see more!

ricerammer
04-02-2006, 10:35 AM
great designs. I love every single one of em. Make this a reality and you could blow BMW out of the water. The styling is excellent.

SV
04-17-2006, 08:27 PM
thanks <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> i'm going to make a news story now, although i should be getting ready for bed...<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>Montgomery announces quality drive; CEO pledges reliability will "run neck in neck with Toyota" by 2008</B><p>HAMBURG, GERMANY - 18 April 2006 - Montgomery AG today announced, in a bid to become more competitive on the global arena, that they would improve quality to levels among the industry's best before the decade is out.<p>"We pledge that the reliability of our products will run neck-in-neck with Toyota by the end of 2008," said Montgomery AG's CEO. <p>Montgomery has shown a massive turn-around in recent years, spearheaded in late 2001 by the SV100 MkIV. Since then, Montgomery have seen climbing sales charts and correspondingly swelling profits around the world. Two and a half years ago, the Icon, a C-segment car to rival Volkswagen's Golf, was released to critical acclaim, becoming one of the best-selling cars in the world.<p>However, Montgomery has not shown the same progress in its products' longetivity, which has remained flat for the past decade. In JD Power and Associates' latest UK customer satisfaction survey, Montgomery scored a total of 822 points, ahead of the industry average and rivals such as Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen but behind industry leaders, which include Toyota and Skoda.<p>"We have not been performing at our best," said a company insider, "but our recently-adopted policy is to attack all our weaknesses before they can be exploited; customer satisfaction is one of those targets."<p>The target year of 2008 will also run parallel with the introduction of the SV100 MkV and the fourth iteration of the Grand Legend MPV, both of which are due to be unveiled at the next Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2007.</TD></TR></TABLE>

SV
04-17-2006, 08:42 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>Montgomery Group announces "Product Revolution;" no model to be left untouched</B><p>HAMBURG, GERMANY - 18 April 2006 - Long accused of well-engineered but bland product, Montgomery AG has announced a new product drive, which will result in more distinctive designs in the years to come.<p>"You can expect to see the first fruits of this 'product revolution' this September," said the CEO, alluding to the upcoming Paris Motor Show.<p>The Icon, although still selling strongly, has been showing signs of fatigue in its pace; this has been blamed on its derivative styling, which has been panned for being too "generic." The Icon's mid-life facelift, due for introduction this fall, will be much more extensive than originally planned, insiders say.<p><B>Better value, better styling, better quality</B><p>As a part of their new product plan, Montgomery have outlined three areas for improvement - value, styling, and quality.<p>In the United States, most Montgomerys are priced above domestic and Japenese competition, but this gap will narrow significantly in the coming years, largely due to the introduction of "value" models. Long accused of bland design, Montgomery will soon unveil a new styling direction, which is still reportedly undergoing its final touches.<p>"The new SV100, which is the first all-new model under this new program, will be a revolution," said Montgomery's CEO in recent interview. "It will be in a class by itself in terms of quality, style, dynamics, and practicality, while staying close to the price of the current model."</TD></TR></TABLE>

acura.007
12-30-2006, 04:40 PM
Good Job!! this is rally interesting and kool!! cant wait to see your upcoming drawings!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">

SV
12-31-2006, 09:59 PM
thanks! there'll be a new montgomery up in a few days, in time for NAIAS <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>i was bored so i decided to do another pretend review:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Autocar</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><IMG SRC="http://img58.imageshack.us/img58/314/autocariconug8.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><B>Montgomery Icon Hatchback 1.8 TD LX 5dr</B><br><B>Test date</B> 01 November 2006<br><B>Price when new</B> J15,415<p><B>What's new?</B><br>Quite a lot, they claim. And indeed this is one of the more significant facelifts we've seen in a while - compare the newest SV100 to its immediate forbear, for example, and you'll be hard-pressed to find the differences; the revised Icon meanwhile could almost count as a new generation going by looks alone, so extensive are the modifications.<p>Underneath, however, things remain largely the same as before. The suspension has been subtly tweaked for better chassis response, but the big news here revolves around the steering: the old rack has been sacked completely, to make way for a new Shannon-derived unit. Prices are identical to the outgoing model.<p><B>What's it like?</B><br>Its looks are definitely funkier (at least up front), but line it up next to newer rivals, such as the Citroen C4 and Vauxhall Astra, and the Icon begins to look a bit staid. That said, its looks are considerably improved over the previous car's drab design.<p>Stepping inside, anyone experienced with the old Icon will find a familiar yet subtly different interior. It's made of slightly higher-quality stuff; the door panels, steering wheel and control panel are new. As before, everything is screwed together solidly.<p>The Icon wasn't exactly in desperate need for chassis revisions, its dynamics having always been near the vanguard of its class. However, the changes (and improvements) to the oily bits are apparent as soon as you round a corner. The Icon's old steering rack got the job done but didn't stand out among its peers; now, however, the car steers almost as if it were an extension of your arm, telling you all the things you want to know and few of the things you don't.<p>The ride is a bit firmer than before, but this car is still an able mile-eater. The 1.8-litre turbodiesel four-pot and six-speed manumatic transmission, carried over unchanged from the old car (although the transmission gets a new name, 'Duonic'), adds to the Icon's motorway-loving nature.<p><B>Should I buy one?</B><br>The outgoing Icon was already an excellent car; these latest improvements only enhance its appeal. Build quality is up to Golf standards, while the chassis revisions and brand-new steering make the Icon a true driver's car and, indeed, a real threat to the Focus. All these factors combined, along with value above the class average, add up to what could very well be the new segment leader.</TD></TR></TABLE>

DoMiNo
01-01-2007, 10:56 AM
SV, I found myself thinking about what wheels I'd like to put on an Icon if I owned one. I think that speaks to the realism of not only your drawings, but the entire project you've built with your brands. Again, I really admire your dedication (and your patience); I wish I were as meticulous.

SV
01-02-2007, 10:56 AM
wow, thanks domino, i'm flattered. that feeling of realism was what i really wanted to accomplish; i'm glad to know i've been successful to some degree! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

rv65
01-08-2007, 12:46 AM
It's very real looking. I did write a quick pretend review of it. I do think it looks quite good.

napoleondyna
01-10-2007, 04:52 PM
Can we see?

rv65
01-11-2007, 04:08 PM
A little similar but it does mention some features on the icon. I think this is an american review. It's not labeled under anything. Maybe I will post it as edmunds with some of my touches. I could supposedly do a proper review. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Edmunds.com</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Montgomery Icon LX 1.8 6AT<p><br>The 2007 Montgomery Icon has had a siginificant facelift. This facelift could be a new generation model. The company said that over 1,000 changes were done to this car. Some are noticeable and some aren't. <p>Underneath those changes are mostly the same but a Shannon derived steering rack is used, which gives the icon better dynamics. The prices largely remain the same which makes it a good value if priced right. <p>The looks are much different but it does look quite good when compared to the mazda 3. It's a big change to the bland looks which were critisized. It does share some resemblance to the Audi A3 in some areas. We do like the LED taillamps. <p>The interior is good but they have improved the quality of it. . Some of the interior pieces are new and some are carry overs. It does fare well when compared to the mazda 3. <p>The sound system is good and we really liked the voice activated GPS system when compared to our test car. The Touch Screen Navi system also contained bluetooth which works well. We found it as good as the honda system which we like very much. Montgomery said an iPod adaptor is coming shortly for all the ipod fans out there. Our car did come with an aux input so we could hook up any mp3 player we wished. <p>Performance is very good when compared to the Mazda 3. It's smaller but does the job. The shannon derived steering rack does quite good for it's class. Ride is great while not being to firm. The 158 hp engine does a great job of moving this car while getting good gas mileage. 0-60 was 8.0 seconds. We think it's the best combination of performance and fuel economy. A rumor that a 50 state compatible diesel is under way. No plans on hybrid just yet. The manumatic transmission works great. They now call it duonic. It provides smooth shifts for a manumatic. It does make it a nice addition when its competition have to cut costs in some areas. <p>The previous Icon was a great car. Now the competition have noticed and started making better cars. Build quality is superb along with the steering and chassis revisions. The company does hint an RSport version to compete with the Evo and STi. If you combine all of this could easily be the leader in compact hatcbacks. <p>Pros: Great Performance, Interior Build Quality, Handling, Audio. Great Manumatic Transmission. LED's.<br>Cons: Cup Holders not the biggest. Some cheap parts in the interior. Looks may be a bit too bold<br>Overall: A segment Leader. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I hope I did ok on it. I did this without SV's permission. <p><br><i>Modified by rendezvous65 at 12:53 AM 1/31/2007</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by rv65 at 10:11 PM 6/19/2007</i>

VexedandGlorious
01-12-2007, 12:48 PM
try to be more fluent,some of your periods could be commas<br>for example:"Underneath those changes are mostly the same but a Shannon derived steering rack is used. This gives it much better dynamics. The prices largely remain the same which makes it a good value if priced right." <br>when it could say this for example.... :<br>"Underneath, things are mostly the same except the Shannon derived steering rack, which gives the icon much better driving dynamics"<br> just my 2-cents

rv65
01-16-2007, 04:24 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Graffititech</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">try to be more fluent,some of your periods could be commas<br>for example:"Underneath those changes are mostly the same but a Shannon derived steering rack is used. This gives it much better dynamics. The prices largely remain the same which makes it a good value if priced right." <br>when it could say this for example.... :<br>"Underneath, things are mostly the same except the Shannon derived steering rack, which gives the icon much better driving dynamics"<br> just my 2-cents</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thats a thing I need to work on in general.

rv65
01-20-2007, 12:31 AM
Series 2 is missing.

SV
03-08-2007, 08:47 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>rendezvous65</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Series 2 is missing.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>just added it...about a year after i originally designed it...geez i'm good at procrastinating aren't i <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>i added the revised gyro supermini as well and redid the layout of the original 3 posts to make it a bit simpler...to anyone who's seeing this for the first time you're more than welcome to comment <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

2o6
03-10-2007, 04:34 PM
I like all of It, and I'm Going to have My Gyro Fighter Up by tonight.
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rv65
03-30-2007, 09:33 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Edmunds.com</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Avioli Marin 4.5i ultimo <p>The Avioli Marin is a hot new SUV from Avioli. Avioli wanted an SUV that would stand out against the crowd. They then went to the other divisions and sharing parts. However they tweaked them to make it sporty and dynamic. <p>The Styling is quite bold with the Marin. It's much bolder than anything else out there including the MDX. The designers wanted something different with the Marin. It does take a while to get used to the design. The 20" circle wheels enhances its look. We think it might find a small niche in the market.<p>Interior is excellent as with all avioli's. Ergonomics is good. We find it very nicely done. Materials are of the highest quality in it's class. The Interior was a brown upholstery which made it really nice. Our test car had a manual transmission which is unique in it's class. There is only a 2nd row seat but usually the 3rd rows in this type of SUV are cramped. The seats are very comfortable. Our 6'3 tester found both rows very comfortable. Our car had heated 2nd row seats while the first row is ventilated. There is a lot of cargo space with the seats folded down. <br> <br>The Sound System in our car is the optional Pioneer Carrozzeria audio system. The system is rated at 480W. The Sound system is topped off with a new and improved voice activated HDD Navigation System. The system has a 30 GB HDD which a portion is used for navi data. The rest of it can be used as a media server for audio, pictures and more. The interface can be clumsy at times but we got used to it. There were rumors of Avioli switching to Denso or pioneer touch screen systems but so far this has not been true. The navi system has XM Traffic data although XM is included with all models. Our car has a nice bluetooth system that works very well. All marins with this audio system contain an 8" rear seat DVD player. <p>Performance is excellent with the 4.5L v8. Even with it not having the most hp, we never felt it being under powered. The 3.5L model had plenty of power though a little on the slow side. 0-60 should be in 7.5 seconds for the v8 which is respectable. The handling felt very good in the twisties. Steering is a nice linear feel. <p>Suspension is nice and firm but smooth. This car has the latest suspension that is tuned for optimal performance. Avioli said that a 5.0L v8 is eventually coming. The Pirelli tires had great grip while driving on our test track. Braking is great. Off-roading will dissapoint people but it can be capable as a soft roader, but who is going to go off road this thing anyways. The marin can tow up to 5000 LBS through a tow package will be needed. The performance is aided with Light weight materials.<p>This is a great attempt for an Italian automaker. We think it competes very well with the competition. The build quality is great and the performance is great. Interior has lots of nice gadgets. We feel that this vehicle could really compete wtih the others. <p>Pros: Great acceleration, Handling, Fuel Economy, Bluetooth, Features, Great interior quality. <p>Cons: Styling might offend people, Navigation interface not quite as good but that might not be an issue, Price <p>might be too expensive in it's class. Offroad performance isn't good. No 3rd row seat. <p>Verdict: A sleek, hot, and, sexy italian alternative to the standard SUV </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Another one of my generic reviews. Not the best but it's old. I don't know if these features are true. Some of the things are made up but so is this brand (example: navi and audio).<p>Changed it to edmunds. <p><br><i>Modified by rendezvous65 at 5:43 PM 3/31/2007</i><p><br><i>Modified by rendezvous65 at 6:17 PM 4/1/2007</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by rendezvous65 at 8:13 PM 4/9/2007</i>

Rugbyplaya91
04-15-2007, 04:06 PM
Cool how you put a lot of time into this, really cool actually. Instead of just a drawing, it's tons of information. It'd be cool if you did a brochure or something.

SV
04-18-2007, 06:55 PM
thanks, glad you like it. i put the most emphasis on the drawings and designs, i just add in the writings etc afterwards <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> i was actually thinking about a brochure for montgomery after i went to the auto show, i've still been toying around with the idea

rv65
04-19-2007, 12:45 PM
Did you like the marin review.

SV
04-21-2007, 05:31 PM
yeah i liked it, alot of the features i hadn't really thought about; i don't think it would have had a hard drive to start out with but that could just be a new feature added mid-year perhaps <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> also i think most montgomerys would have harmon kardon speakers, but who knows, i haven't thought about it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

mrfdesign
04-21-2007, 11:22 PM
Your Icon is kick ass!!!

rv65
04-24-2007, 12:28 AM
I just assumed it had this type of features. Carrozzeria is a line for pioneer in japan. The icon review had some assumed features. The navi screen made me thinking is this a touch screen or some kind of knob/joystiq. HDD was an assumption. Ultimo is a top end model. I think I did a good job on it.

rv65
05-07-2007, 11:41 PM
Yes it's nice. I see some kia ceed in it.

SV
01-04-2008, 04:19 AM
:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Autocar</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br><IMG SRC="http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/6167/sv100veq9.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><B>What is it?</B><p>The latest iteration of Montgomery's venerable D-segment car, the SV100.<p>While shrinking rapidly, the large family car sector still attracts a large number of buyers, and is perhaps more important to Montgomery than it is to any other mass-market carmaker: from the founding FS15 to the well-regarded FC series and the four subsequent iterations of the SV100, the D-segment car has represented the core of Montgomery's range.<p>Which means the new SV100 has to be good, or else Montgomery will risk losing its core consumer base.<p><B>What's it like?</B><p>First impressions are of a big, imposing vehicle; this isn't surprising given the roughly 90mm increase in length over the old car. However, what is perhaps most striking is how low and planted the new SV100 looks. Both aggressively flared wheel arches and a relatively low roofline (about 50mm lower than the new Mondeo¬Ěs) contribute to this feel, and in our eyes it lends the car a distinctly rakish look.<p>Of course the styling itself is also responsible for the SV100's new-found dynamism; showcasing Montgomery's new 'Layered Tension' design theme, many of its cues hint at those of future models. It's certainly bold, with swoopy creases and a distinctive face helping it stand apart from its rivals. It's an altogether refreshing change from the previous model, which many accused of aping the Mk3 Mondeo. Although chrome trimmings are kept to a minimum (in fact, with the exception of the top-drawer LX model, they're entirely absent), the SV100 looks upscale in a way the old car could never hope to achieve. Some may not like it but Montgomery are betting that most will.<p>Inside, the upscale impression continues. The tops of the dashboard and doors are trimmed with plush soft plastics, as expected these days, and there's a flair to the design here absent in previous SV100s. The Driver-Machine Interlink (DMI) knob, which primarily controls satnav functions, takes some getting used to but after some practice becomes easier to use. Chrome and aluminium trim are used liberally, but not to the near-tasteless extent seen in the Ford. Move down a bit and the materials get a bit harder and cheaper (admittedly in places most owners will never see), but overall the cabin has a more premium feel than just about any rival short of VW's Passat. <p>Also notable is the abundance of space; thanks to ultra-thin front seats and an expansive 2860mm wheelbase, the SV100 feels spacious in the front and positively cavernous in the rear, although headroom may be tight for taller passengers.<p>While quality was a significant priority for Montgomery, the primary goal with the new SV100 was to improve efficiency and dynamics. To this end they employed extensive use of high-strength steels in the car's construction and obsessively scrutinized every component for potential weight savings. And we do mean obsessive: even the stereo speakers and rear-view mirror were trimmed down. While these savings are miniscule on their own, they appear to have added up, for despite the SV100's increased size it weighs about 10kg less than before (11-12kg depending on the model if you're into specifics).<p>At 1466kg our 1.8-litre turbodiesel model is a not insignificant 161kg lighter than the equivalent Mondeo, and with a smaller but more powerful engine delivers better performance. However by class standards performance is only average, with a quoted 9.7-second jaunt to 62mph (though economy is excellent at 51.4mpg). On the road the SV100 feels noticeably livelier than the old car, with eager throttle response.<p>It's the handling characteristics that really impress, though. The steering is exceptional; you can thank Shannon, who donated their acclaimed rack-and-pinion design, for that. It's light, contributing to the car's agile feel, but not numb; in fact it is perhaps more communicative than any other rival. In some ways the steering is almost too grittily feelsome, and contrasts with the car's refined nature to a degree some may find unsettling; we, however, are not complaining. Body lean was nicely restrained on our conventionally-sprung model. We have yet to drive an SV100 equipped with the available active anti-roll bars, which are claimed to completely eliminate leaning in turns, but the standard car is impressive as it is.<p><B>Should I buy one?</B><p>It certainly makes a strong argument. The new SV100 is exceptionally spacious, very well-built and drives with an alacrity most rivals would kill for. In virtually every respect, this car is a match for the new Mondeo; the D-segment wars are about to get alot more interesting.</TD></TR></TABLE>

just adding the pretend-review i wrote a while back, for the SV100...also updated the montgomery section with the new SV and the new grand legend...press release links still largely not working, ones that were linked to the old CSS just go to the new home page, i need to fix that but i'm too lazy right now...anyway..enjoy..

2o6
06-02-2008, 08:00 PM
thanks! there'll be a new montgomery up in a few days, in time for NAIAS <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>i was bored so i decided to do another pretend review:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Autocar</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><IMG SRC="http://img58.imageshack.us/img58/314/autocariconug8.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><B>Montgomery Icon Hatchback 1.8 TD LX 5dr</B><br><B>Test date</B> 01 November 2006<br><B>Price when new</B> J15,415<p><B>What's new?</B><br>Quite a lot, they claim. And indeed this is one of the more significant facelifts we've seen in a while - compare the newest SV100 to its immediate forbear, for example, and you'll be hard-pressed to find the differences; the revised Icon meanwhile could almost count as a new generation going by looks alone, so extensive are the modifications.<p>Underneath, however, things remain largely the same as before. The suspension has been subtly tweaked for better chassis response, but the big news here revolves around the steering: the old rack has been sacked completely, to make way for a new Shannon-derived unit. Prices are identical to the outgoing model.<p><B>What's it like?</B><br>Its looks are definitely funkier (at least up front), but line it up next to newer rivals, such as the Citroen C4 and Vauxhall Astra, and the Icon begins to look a bit staid. That said, its looks are considerably improved over the previous car's drab design.<p>Stepping inside, anyone experienced with the old Icon will find a familiar yet subtly different interior. It's made of slightly higher-quality stuff; the door panels, steering wheel and control panel are new. As before, everything is screwed together solidly.<p>The Icon wasn't exactly in desperate need for chassis revisions, its dynamics having always been near the vanguard of its class. However, the changes (and improvements) to the oily bits are apparent as soon as you round a corner. The Icon's old steering rack got the job done but didn't stand out among its peers; now, however, the car steers almost as if it were an extension of your arm, telling you all the things you want to know and few of the things you don't.<p>The ride is a bit firmer than before, but this car is still an able mile-eater. The 1.8-litre turbodiesel four-pot and six-speed manumatic transmission, carried over unchanged from the old car (although the transmission gets a new name, 'Duonic'), adds to the Icon's motorway-loving nature.<p><B>Should I buy one?</B><br>The outgoing Icon was already an excellent car; these latest improvements only enhance its appeal. Build quality is up to Golf standards, while the chassis revisions and brand-new steering make the Icon a true driver's car and, indeed, a real threat to the Focus. All these factors combined, along with value above the class average, add up to what could very well be the new segment leader.</TD></TR></TABLE>


Cool. I was looking this over, and the Updated Icon in the review pic looks great.

rv65
03-29-2009, 09:41 PM
The Shannon Series 3 deserves a new AV system. It looks too outdated when compared to the competition. A touch screen system with a VGA display and a 40 GB HDD would work wonders.

rv65
04-08-2009, 06:52 AM
There are plenty of broken links.

dreamersmystique
08-12-2009, 04:08 PM
Nic work man, you ahve a really set imagination, technical view of things and especially the business aspect of it all..

I kinda feel like, the Montgomery range is derived a lot from the ford, the shannon from Merc and BMW and the Avioli from the alfa Romeo...not that its a bad thing...all your cars amazingly well done...and I liked them all but I am sure in a few years time I could look up at your range of cars and I would see a unique brand itself...

Keep going man!!

Cheers!@!!!

SV
03-02-2010, 02:13 AM
Updated with the Horizon facelift, which came out two years ago - yet I never added it to the original post! - and the Icon II hatch and sedan, as well as the Shannon Series 6 facelift and Type 4.

TheSwageLine
12-31-2011, 01:13 PM
I often come here to look at your cars. It's nice to have them all here in one place. And it's cool that you still keep this up-to-date.

Well done!