Today: February 24 2018
Best fairground Geneva Motor Show, held from the 9 19 on March called the Bugatti stand. The award in this nomination is awarded by the Club of Advertising and Public Relations 14 recent years. "The jury chose the Bugatti stand for efficient design on a small exhibition area, stand elements workmanship and detail", - says the automaker's statement. At the stand of the brand in Geneva it was shown only one car - painted in dark blue hypercar Chiron, one of the first collected by the client machines.
Volkswagen and the US authorities reached a final agreement on the total amount that the German concern will pay as part of the settlement of the so-called "diesel scandal". The automaker agreed to allocate for compensation about 15 billion dollars - five billion dollars more than previously thought. This is reported by Bloomberg. Part of the money will be spent on repair or redemption of vehicles involved in dieselgate, the number of which in the US is estimated at about 600 thousand units. In addition, all car owners will receive compensation in the amount of 5,1 to 10 thousand dollars (previously it was reported that car owners will be able to expect compensation of up to seven thousand dollars).
Nissan is developing a new type of power plant on fuel cells. Electricity for the unit will be generated by an electrochemical reaction between bioethanol and air. The new system that Nissan is going to use is called Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC) (solid oxide fuel cell). The Japanese claim that such a variety of fuel cells will be used in the automotive industry for the first time. The power plant uses a special converter, with which hydrogen is released from bioethanol. Then hydrogen reacts chemically with atmospheric oxygen, after which electricity is produced. The only "exhaust" of this process is ordinary water.
Company Mazzanti Automobili presented at the motor show in Turin a coupe Millecavalli (in translation from Italian - "one thousand horses"). The novelty is called "the most powerful Italian hypercar, which will be produced serially." Mazzanti Millecavalli equipped 7,2-liter twin-turbo unit V8, developing 1000 horsepower and 1200 Nm of torque, and a six-speed sequential transmission. The engine gives 50 more power than the super-hybrid power plant Ferrari LaFerrari, considered the most powerful commodity Italian model. The coupe can accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers per hour for 2,7 seconds. The maximum speed was 400 kilometers per hour. For comparison, Ferrari LaFerrari is gaining "a hundred" in three seconds, and the maximum is limited to 350 kilometers per hour.
The public premiere of the all-road modification of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon of the new generation, which will compete with Audi A6 allroad, will be held in autumn at the Paris Motor Show. About this publication Autocar told the chief engineer of the new E-Class Michael Kielz. In the basic equipment of the all-weather station wagon will include a pneumatic suspension with automatic height adjustment. The ground clearance will increase when driving on easy terrain and decrease as the speed dials on the highway. The wagon will receive reinforced bumpers, as well as plastic protection of the lower part of the body and wheel arches. "The wagon will not be as good off-road as a classic crossover, but it will be able to go much further than many are prepared to assume," Kielz said.
The most popular city among the American hijackers was Los Angeles, where last year the owners lost 57 thousand 247 cars. In addition, among the "Top 10" states with the largest number of hijackings per capita, California occupies eight seats. This is stated in the report of the National Bureau of Insurance Crime of the United States (NICB). Second place in the number of hijackings is San Francisco, where for 2015 year 30,5 thousand cars were stolen. Next come Houston (25,4 thousand stolen cars), New York (22,3 thousand) and Chicago (19,5 thousand). The total number of hijackings in the country compared to 2014 year, according to the FBI preliminary report for the first half of the 2015, has increased by about one percent.
The company McLaren Automotive plans to release a fully electric hypercar, which will take in the model range a step below the P1. This is reported by Auto Express with reference to a source inside the British brand. According to the publication, the novelty will be a track car certified for use on public roads. There are no detailed characteristics of the novelty yet, however, the company expects that the charge should be enough for 30 minutes of driving along the track. After that, the batteries should not be charged for more than half an hour. It is also expected that the dynamics of the electric hypercar will be better than that of 675LT. This model dials "hundred" for 2,9 seconds, and 200 kilometers per hour - 7,9 seconds. The maximum speed is 330 kilometers per hour.
In the Grodno region of Belarus a record high speed was recorded. The man on the Mercedes accelerated to almost 300 kilometers per hour, said on Wednesday, 1 June, RIA Novosti referring to the State traffic police of the republic. "On the highway M-6 23-year-old Minsk citizen on an off-road car did not just drive, but rushed. At 198 km of the road, the device recorded a speed of Mercedes at 299 kilometers per hour, "the release said. It notes that this is the biggest excess of the high-speed regime, which was fixed by the Belarusian traffic policemen. As noted, the young man has already been prosecuted for 27 violations for violations of traffic rules, including 14 - for speeding. He faces a penalty from a fine to deprivation of rights.
Seat plans to produce a compact crossover with an electric power unit, the publication of Automarket reports with reference to unnamed brand managers. It is expected that for this model, the name Marbella will be revived, which with 1986 for 1998 year was used for a subcompact machine that was a transfigured version of Fiat Panda. According to the publication, the novelty will be built on the same platform as the compact cars Volkswagen up !, Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo. This same chassis was used concept car Taigun with 110-strong three-cylinder gasoline engine in volume of one liter, which "Volkswagen" expected to launch in the series. Subsequently, the concern refused this idea.
Volvo is not going to develop models that will be smaller than representatives of the new compact family with the index "40". This is with reference to the head of the Swedish brand Hakan Samuelsson, reports Car and Driver. Despite the fact that small premium cars are popular in some regions, Volvo does not see financial prospects in such cars. "We are targeting the machines of those segments that will be sold well around the world. At the moment it is very difficult to make money on cars of this class. Of course, we could further reduce our CMA platform, but this issue was not even raised, "Samuelsson explained.
The company Bentley will abandon the 6,75-liter twin-turbo "eight", which is now equipped with the flagship sedan Mulsanne. This is with reference to the head of the British brand Wolfgang Dyurhaymer, Car and Driver reports. According to Dyurhaymer, 6,75-liter engine "will not survive" the current Mulsanne, which will become the "last house" for the unit. The head of Bentley noted that the flagship model of the next generation will be equipped with a twelve-cylinder unit, but refused to give details about it. The "eight" Bentley L Series has been in use for 57 years - since 1959. The original engine, which had an 6,2 liter of working volume and two carburetors, debuted on the Bentley S2 and Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II models.
Norway became the fourth state in the world, where more than one hundred thousand electric cars and plug-in hybrids have been registered at the moment. This is reported by the site GM-Volt. As of April, 5,06 million Norwegians have 100 thousand 600 machines with fully electric or hybrid power plants with the ability to recharge batteries from household electricity. The first electric vehicles began to arrive in the country back in the 1990, but in 2010 in Norway there were only 3366 of such machines. The burst of popularity of electric cars happened after 2011 year, when in the camp began to be supplied models such as Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV. A little later, Norway became the first European country where they began to officially sell the Tesla Model S.
Continental showed a prototype podrulevyh "petals", allowing you to control various functions of the car. In the development of the German company, a time-of-flight sensor with an integrated 3D camera is used, which determines the position of the arms on the handlebar to within a millimeter. The technology allows you to switch the menu on the dashboard, select music and indicate the end point of the route to the navigation system. With the help of gesture management it will be possible, for example, to answer the call - enough, without lifting your hands from the steering wheel, raise your fingers up. Continental technology will be used in cars in the near future. Now the touch keys on the steering wheel are available, for example, in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Toyota Prius and Honda Civic of the new generation.
The company BMW at the Auto Show in Madrid introduced a new version of the "charged" coupe M4 - Competition Sport. The novelty occupied a niche between the usual "emka" and its extreme version of GTS, which debuted last fall. In January of 2016, BMW prepared a package of modifications for the M4 coupe and M3 sedan called the Competition Package. The new version, Competition Sport, on the list of equipment almost completely repeats the modification of the CP, with the exception of the body kit. In particular, CS has a carbon splitter, diffuser, side "skirts" of the mirror body and a wing. The power of the three-liter twin-turbo "six", as in the case with the CP package, increased from 431 to 450 horsepower.
Company Pagani introduced a special modification of the supercar Huayra, built in a single copy. The novelty, named Pearl ("pearl"), was created by order of the client of the dealer center Refined Marque. Supercar received a new aerodynamic body kit, which included a massive air intake on the roof and a split rear wing in the style of the model Zonda S. Technical specifications of the version of Pearl are not reported, so it is not known whether the supercar received any refinement of the power plant. The usual Pagani Huayra is equipped with an 730-strong six-liter twin-turbo V12 engine and a seven-stage "robot" with two clutches. Supercar accelerates to the first "hundred" in 3,3 seconds. The maximum speed is 370 kilometers per hour.
The company BMW equipped the i3 with a modernized battery of high capacity. A new battery pack helped increase the power reserve by 50 percent. The capacity of the batteries, developed in conjunction with Samsung, grew from 22 to 33 kilowatt-hours. The electric car is capable to pass without additional charge up to 300 kilometers, instead of the previous 160-190 kilometers. The company claims that even in cold weather and a working climate system, the power reserve of the electric car will be at least 200 kilometers. A new battery pack will be available for both the fully electric version with an 170-strong electric motor and for modification with an additional two-cylinder ICE for recharging the batteries.
The German authorities will spend one billion euros for the 2020 year on spurring consumer interest in cars with electric and hybrid power plants. This is reported by Reuters. The amount of the state subsidy to electric car buyers will be four thousand euros, and those wishing to purchase a plug-in hybrid will be able to count on financial support of three thousand euros. A corresponding agreement was reached on Wednesday, 27 April, between representatives of the German government and the management of Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW. In 2015, in Germany, only about 30 thousand electric cars and hybrids with the ability to recharge batteries from household electricity were sold, while sales of cars with traditional ICEs exceeded three million.
Swedish concern Volvo plans in 2017 year to begin tests of cars with an autopilot on roads of the Great Britain, is spoken in the message on a site of the company. "Autonomous driving is an important step forward in terms of safety.The faster autonomous moving vehicles appear on the roads, the sooner we will be able to save lives," the executive director of Volvo, Håkan Samuelsson, is quoted in the message. The project is called Drive Me London, it will be attended by ordinary British, who will drive on public roads. It is planned that at the beginning of 2017 on the roads of Great Britain there will be a limited number of such cars with semi-autonomous control.
Company Peugeot has presented on a motor show in Pekin a pre-series variant of a sedan 308. Ready for production version of the model debuts in the second half of 2016. Four-door, like the hatchback with the same name, will be built on the modular platform EMP2. The French automaker worked together with its partners from the Chinese company DongFeng to develop the model. No technical details about the sedan 308 in Peugeot have not been disclosed. It is assumed that the model will receive the same engines as the hatchback: turbo units with a working volume of 1,2 and 1,6 liters. Peugeot is also preparing for the premiere of the second-generation 3008 crossover. This model will also be built on the EMP2 platform, and its design will be executed in the style of the prototype Quatrz.
Concern Volkswagen and the US authorities agreed on the amount of compensation that the German automaker will pay for claims of the government and private appeals to the court in connection with the "diesel scandal." The German automaker agreed to provide at least 10 billion dollars in compensation. About this, with reference to its own sources, reports Bloomberg. It is not yet known which part of the sum will be transferred to the owners of cars with diesel engines with an overestimated level of harmful emissions. Moreover, it is unclear how the automaker is going to spend it: pay compensation directly or use it for repair or foreclosure of cars.
The winner of the Grand Prix of China was the driver of the Mercedes-AMG team Nico Rosberg. This victory was for the leader of the championship sixth consecutive. The second in Shanghai was Sebastian Vettel on the Ferrari, and the third finished Russian Daniel Kvyat. This podium was for the rider Red Bull second in the Formula-1 - the first time Daniel was in the top three at the Hungarian Grand Prix 2015. At the start, Kwiat was able to get to the third place, and his partner - Daniel Riccardo, started from the first row - moved to the first position, ahead of Nico Rosberg. A few laps the Australian got a puncture on one of the rear tires, after which Daniel moved to the second position, and Rosberg regained the lead. Kvety rode the second to the last pit stop.