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GoodYear - Snow Grip Technology

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Much of Spain has been collapsed by the snowfalls caused by the storm Filomena, but weather conditions similar to those we are experiencing these days are normal in other countries in Northern Europe. In them, drivers continue to circulate with their vehicles thanks to winter tires, so we wanted to discover some of their characteristics that allow them to have grip even in the most extreme conditions. There is a tendency to think that winter tires are specifically designed for driving in extreme snow conditions, however, they really are tires for driving in cold conditions. Its performance is better than that of summer tires on any surface with temperatures below 7ºC, temperatures that we easily find in peninsular winters.

Ford Telematics

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Vehicles play a vital role in the success of any operation. To help understand that role, Ford listens to the experts; the people managing and driving fleets of all sizes every day. By combining these insights with our unrivalled knowledge of Ford vehicles, we create powerful telematics and data derived solutions. These solutions are designed to address the daily challenges faced by fleet professionals like you.

New Abarth 595 Esseesse Design

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For the top-of-the-range version, the 595 Esseesse, the Abarth team of designers and engineers has designed and developed new titanium tailpipes for the Akrapovič exhaust system, providing pure emotion in sound on both the road and on the track, fun and driving pleasure – in short, a rush of emotions for the driver. All models are fitted with polyelliptical headlights and LED daytime running lights as standard. Alternatively, xenon headlights are available on request. The steering wheel is flat-bottomed, with a focal point, and has been designed to be more effective in sports driving. The instrument panel ensures excellent legibility. In addition, the pressure gauge is lit in white, to make it easier and quicker to read.

2021 Kia Sorento Phev Driving Video

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More off-road capability: New X-Line trim features 1.0-in. higher ground clearance, improved approach/departure angles, more advanced AWD with snow-mode and a more robust roof rack than outgoing Sorento More performance capabilities: New 2.5-Turbo option with 281 horsepower and 311-lb-ft of torque mated to a segment-exclusive 8-speed wet-clutch DCT for more responsive around-town or mountain-pass driving New Turbo-Hybrid powertrain: Features 42 additional horsepower and nearly 50% better fuel economy than outgoing Sorento base engine Most Powerful HEV in its class1: 227-horsepower and estimated 37 MPG combined Available Plug-in Hybrid option with 261 horsepower and an estimated 30 miles of pure electric driving range More interior flexibility: Improved legroom and cargo room than outgoing Sorento, and available second-row captain’s chairs, allowing buyers to select either 4+2 or 5+2 seating. Best-in-class front/rear legroom and overall interior passenger volume

Maserati MMXX Titolo

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The Maserati New Era opens with a spectacular event, unique of its kind, unlike anything previously seen in the automotive industry. This evening the lights of the world mobility stage went up on the Trident Brand and “MMXX: Time to be Audacious” marked the beginning of a new phase in the Brand’s history. It is a new dawn, reinforced by the World Première of the MC20 supercar. “We’re proud to inaugurate our new Era, but even prouder of the mood you can feel in the air at the Modena Circuit this evening,” Davide Grasso, Maserati CEO, underlined. “For our Brand, this is a time to build: the time to be forward-looking and construct our future.” We are laying the foundation stone of our tomorrow and we are doing it together, guided by our passion, unique in our design and innovative by nature,” Mr Grasso continued. The event took place at the Modena Circuit, because Modena, Maserati’s Home for over 80 years, is also the heart of Italy’s Motor Valley and the epicentre of passion, love of automotive excellence and performance.

Audi e-Design - Electrification of the Audi look

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The future is electric. With the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept, Audi gives an outlook on the brand's seventh electric model. The electrification of the brand with the four rings also shapes its appearance. Audi Design becomes Audi e-Design.

Ferrari 488 GT MODIFICATA Video

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The car’s name includes the word “Modificata”, which in Ferrari jargon means designs that have been evolved for better performance. It maximises the already outstanding performance of the 488 GT3 and the 488 GTE by combining their most effective and innovative solutions, as well as developing new technologies linked mainly to a powertrain no longer limited by the FIA Balance of Performance. The legendary twin-turbo V8 was subject to advanced research, which resulted in specific components and the carry-over of materials from the racing engine. The maximum power delivered by the engine is now around 700 cv, due to the use of innovative solutions and more extreme and high-performance mapping. All this without compromising Ferrari’s proverbial reliability. The gearbox, available with different transmission ratios, and the carbon-fibre clutch, help to manage the increased power and torque delivered by the engine.

Mercedes-Benz F 100 in 1991 – A powerful glance into the future of the car

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Looking back, it is stunning how much of the future the Mercedes-Benz F 100 research vehicle already featured in 1991. Be it operating the phone with buttons on the steering wheel, distance control or the electronic tyre pressure monitoring system as well as many attributes of networked vehicles: what seemed utopian three decades ago forms part of the familiar equipment scope of contemporary passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The research vehicle was presented to the public on 12 January 1991 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, USA, a specialist exhibition that has been held since back in 1907. Engineers and designers fitted more pioneering technology in the F 100 than in any research vehicle ever before. At the same time, however, the list of technology carriers is as long as it is impressive. It all started with the Patent Motor Car by Carl Benz dating back to 1886, the world’s first ever car and also an experimental vehicle. And the list is far from complete with the 2020 “VISION AVTR” concept vehicle.

New Hyundai Santa Fe Highlight

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2021 Santa Fe now offers three new and improved powertrain options. The standard powertrain is a Smartstream 2.5-liter direct-injected (DI) and multi-point injected (MPI) four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the former 2.4-liter engine. This standard four-cylinder engine produces an estimated 191 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and an estimated 182 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm for effortless driving in a wide variety of conditions. The powertrain also features Idle, Stop and Go (ISG) capability to maximize efficiency in various heavy traffic conditions. The new 2.5-liter engine fuel economy is targeted to increase approximately eight percent over the 2020 powertrain from these improvements.

2020 Subaru Impreza Sport Driving Video

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The Impreza exterior receives an updated front bumper cover and grille design, and the rear combination light design has been refined for 5-door models. Ocean Blue Pearl has been added to the color palette. The 2020 Impreza comes standard with legendary Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine with direct fuel injection that produces 152-horsepower and 145 lb.-ft. of torque. Available on all trim levels is the Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) which, on Premium and above, features a 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters that allows the driver to control the transmission via seven pre-set ratios. The 2020 Impreza achieves up to 36 highway MPG and more than 450 miles on a full tank, making it one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive vehicles sold in the U.S.

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line Driving Video

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Hyundai officially launched its all-new 2021 Elantra and Elantra Hybrid at The Lot Studios in West Hollywood with a special event today broadcast around the world. This marks the world debut of the latest version of the popular compact sedan. The 2021 Elantra showcases Hyundai’s latest ambitions, including a Sensuous Sportiness design identity, hybrid electric vehicle technology, and segment-first wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The car also provides exciting driving dynamics and the most progressive in-car experience in its class. Production of the 2021 Elantra starts in the fall in Ulsan, Korea and at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and sales begin in the fourth quarter.

2020 Audi RS Q8 Design in Daytona Gray

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The new Audi RS Q8 is the top model in the Q product line. It combines the power of an RS model with the elegance of a premium coupe and the flexibility of an SUV. The new Audi RS Q8 will arrive at dealerships in Germany and other European countries during the first quarter of 2020. Prices in Germany for the sporty SUV coupe start at 127,000 euros.

2021 Kia Picanto GT-Line Trailer

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Kia Motors has made substantial upgrades to its smallest model, the Kia Picanto, due on-sale in Europe during the third quarter of 2020. Offering a range of new safety and telematics technologies often reserved for larger, more expensive vehicles, the upgraded model also boasts lower emissions from newly reengineered powertrains, and striking design updates, inside and out. The upgraded Kia Picanto brings with it a suite of advanced safety technology from Kia's larger cars, making it among the safest cars in its class. It also offers Kia's new 'Phase II' UVO Connect telematics technologies, enhancing vehicle connectivity and control to take the stress out of journeys. Enhancements to the Picanto's petrol powertrain line-up include Kia's optional new Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) for a smoother drive.

Polestar 2 lighting and Active High Beam

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Active high beams is a function that uses camera sensors in the upper edge of the windshield to detect the headlights of approaching vehicles or the taillights of the vehicle directly ahead. When either of these is detected, the vehicle's headlights will automatically switch from high beams to low beams.

Mercedes Travel Knowledge

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Exclusively at CES, Mercedes-Benz is presenting a new MBUX feature for the first time: “Mercedes Travel Knowledge”. This intelligent function evaluates map data and, moreover, its surroundings and provides a lot of information about interesting landmarks along the route, from individual buildings or points of interest to entire cities. The driver or passenger can simply ask a question as they drive past – for example, “Hey Mercedes, what can you tell me about this building?” or “Hey Mercedes, what is the name of the restaurant on the left?” – and the information appears on the respective display as well as spoken by the voice assistant. Thanks to the flexible update concept from MBUX via the cloud, this feature will also be immediately available in the new S-Class in addition to the EQS.

Production at the state-of-the-art ŠKODA AUTO Kvasiny plant

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At this state-of-the-art site, cars – including the KODIAQ, KAROQ and SUPERB model ranges as well as the SUPERB iV plug-in hybrid – are manufactured around the clock, six days a week. One of the videos demonstrates the manufacturing process in dynamic time-lapse photography, while the second clip provides interesting background information using real-time footage.

GoodYear - Aqua Control Technology

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Much of Spain has been collapsed by the snowfalls caused by the storm Filomena, but weather conditions similar to those we are experiencing these days are normal in other countries in Northern Europe. In them, drivers continue to circulate with their vehicles thanks to winter tires, so we wanted to discover some of their characteristics that allow them to have grip even in the most extreme conditions. There is a tendency to think that winter tires are specifically designed for driving in extreme snow conditions, however, they really are tires for driving in cold conditions. Its performance is better than that of summer tires on any surface with temperatures below 7ºC, temperatures that we easily find in peninsular winters.

Toyota GR Yaris Circuit Pack in Red Driving Video

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The new Toyota GR Yaris is a pure performance car, born from Toyota's title-winning experience in the World Rally Championship. Forged from success in the heat of competition, it brings motorsport technology and design directly to the world of the road car, true to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing's ethos for making ever-better cars that are intrinsically rewarding and fun to drive. Positioned at the top of the all-new Yaris range, the GR Yaris is a unique model that benefits from the design and engineering skills of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and Tommi Mäkinen Racing, Toyota's partner in the WRC. As well as serving as the official homologation model for development of the next Yaris WRC car, it also has all the attributes required for owners looking to compete successfully in local rally competitions. Scheduled for launch in the second half of 2020, it will follow the GR Supra as Toyota's second global GR model.

New Abarth 595 Range Preview

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Available in hatchback and convertible versions, the models in the Abarth 595 range are united by specific characteristics that underline their sporty disposition and contribute to the improvement of performance. The four trim levels come with power levels from 145 to 180 hp, all Euro 6D Final-compliant, which can meet our customers’ every need. Distinctive but accessible, the 595 version is the entry point to the Abarth world and offers as standard all the equipment needed to guarantee the fun and driving pleasure typical of the Scorpion cars, firstly the “Sport mode” selector, renamed “Scorpion mode” in the new range. Pressing the button on the dashboard affects peak torque delivery, power steering calibration and engine response to the accelerator pedal, making them sharper. In terms of technology, the 595 version includes as standard the 7” touchscreen radio and to the delight of Abarth enthusiasts, there is a new startup and shutdown screen. Setup for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™* compatibility are available on request.

Suzuki Swace Design Preview

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Suzuki has launched the new Swace, a stylish and versatile wagon with an athletic design that offers a smooth and stable ride and advanced hybrid behavior. The Swace is the second Toyota Motor Corporation vehicle that Suzuki will market under the commercial collaboration agreement between the two companies. Its sale will begin in Europe this winter.

Hyundai Kona N Prototype Driving Video

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Hyundai Motor has confirmed that the next member of its high-performance N range will be the all-new Hyundai KONA N. The model will be the first high-performance SUV for Hyundai. The all-new KONA N will be available with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission, known as N DCT. Combined with its 2.0 Turbo engine, it is sure to deliver a powerful and nimble driving experience. As with other N models, the all-new KONA N will be equipped with a variety of high-performance driving features such as Launch Control and an emotional sound experience.

SsangYong – Changing a tyre

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‘Car SOS’ television presenter, Fuzz Townshend has become a UK brand ambassador for the Korean car manufacturer. Watch his special advices about your car.

McLaren 765LT Design in Studio

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Lighter, more powerful and with even higher levels of performance on both road and track, the McLaren 765LT is revealed as the latest in a line of 'Longtail' McLarens and the most dynamically advanced and engaging LT model ever from McLaren Automotive. The McLaren 765LT opens a new chapter in the 'Longtail' story that began with the McLaren F1 GTR race car in the 1990s and since 2015 has seen road-legal LT models introduced. The new car elevates to new levels the attributes that underpin every LT: driver engagement, track-focused dynamics, minimised weight, optimised aerodynamics and increased power are all amplified - particularly the first two. The LT promise of being 'limited to the few' is also fulfilled, with just 765 individually numbered cars available globally for customer order. Advanced carbon fibre technologies and bespoke carbon fibre LT body panels and aerodynamic features are key to an 80kg (DIN) weight reduction over the 720S. Together with power of 765PS and torque of 800Nm from the 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine, transmission gearing optimised for scintillating in-gear acceleration and LT-specific suspension springs and dampers, this is the basis for the wholly immersive driving experience the new 765LT delivers.

60 Years of MINI - The new MINI Cooper S 5 door

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John Lennon drove one, Peter Sellers roared through his detective comedies in one, and even the Queen was chauffeured through the park of Windsor Castle in one. Countless celebrities succumbed to the charm of the classic Mini, which was first presented to the public 60 years ago. The car’s distinctive design, surprisingly generous space and agile driving characteristics were all major factors in the revolutionary small car being accepted into the circles of high society at an early stage – especially in its home country of Great Britain. Exclusive photographs show numerous stars from the world of music, film and fashion choosing the classic Mini as their preferred means of transport, making it an icon of its time. To mark the brand's 60th anniversary furthermore, MINI is commemorating those glorious early years with some exceptional special vehicles. Following the successful market launch of the MINI 60 Years Edition for the current MINI 3-door and MINI 5-door, the classic Mini will once again be at the forefront. A unique, elaborately restored one-off in the colourful striped design of the current MINI 60 Years Lifestyle Collection revives the fashionable panache and lifestyle of the wild sixties.

Bringing serenity to the city and beyond - The new Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

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New Bentayga Hybrid the next step towards Beyond100 strategy First of two new Bentley PHEVs to be launched this year Unrivalled serenity through electric drive and even greater refinement E Motor partnered with a 3.0 litre twin turbocharged V6 petrol engine delivering 443 bhp (449 PS) and 516 lb.ft (700 Nm) of torque Combined range of 536 miles with capability of 31 miles range in pure electric drive (NEDC) Predictive data from Bentley Hybrid Efficiency Navigation system provides haptic feedback via driver pedals Usage profile data shows majority of journeys made with Bentayga Hybrid are in EV mode Next generation infotainment system with 10.9-inch screen, super high-resolution graphics and dramatically increased connectivity Wireless Apple CarPlay standard, together with Android Auto Expanded suite of My Bentley connected services using embedded SIM with Hybrid specific content

2021 Kia Picanto Trailer

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Kia Motors has made substantial upgrades to its smallest model, the Kia Picanto, due on-sale in Europe during the third quarter of 2020. Offering a range of new safety and telematics technologies often reserved for larger, more expensive vehicles, the upgraded model also boasts lower emissions from newly reengineered powertrains, and striking design updates, inside and out. The upgraded Kia Picanto brings with it a suite of advanced safety technology from Kia's larger cars, making it among the safest cars in its class. It also offers Kia's new 'Phase II' UVO Connect telematics technologies, enhancing vehicle connectivity and control to take the stress out of journeys. Enhancements to the Picanto's petrol powertrain line-up include Kia's optional new Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) for a smoother drive.

Audi Q8 TFSI e in Vicuna beige Driving Video

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Electric range of up to 59 kilometers (36.7 mi) in the NEDC (47 kilometers (29.2 mi) in the WLTP cycle), a sporty character, and great everyday usability: Audi is presenting the Q8 with plug-in hybrid drive. The new model closes the last gap in the Q8 range and provides an innovative combination of efficiency and power. The SUV Coupé is available in two performance versions. The Q8 55 TFSI e quattro achieves a system output of 280 kW (381 PS). The Q8 60 TFSI e quattro even achieves a system output of 340 kW (462 PS). Audi is continuing its electrification offensive with the Q8 TFSI e quattro: The SUV Coupé is already the seventh model with plug-in hybrid drive that has been newly introduced on the market since mid-2019. Audi is putting this drive technology completely at the service of the customer: It provides customers with a confident electric driving experience, simple charging management, and a high level of everyday usability.

2020 Subaru Ascent Touring and Limited in White Driving Video

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The 3-row is built on the Subaru Global Platform and is powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine. The Ascent comes with Subaru’s high-torque Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission) and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. EPA-rated fuel economy for the base and Premium models with standard equipment is 21 city/27 highway/23 combined, delivering a cruising range of over 500 miles. Models equipped with 20-inch wheels achieve EPA-rated fuel economy of 20 city/26 highway/22 combined. The U.S.-built Ascent is available in base, Premium, Limited and Touring trim lines. The Ascent is the most versatile Subaru ever with up to nine unique seating configurations and two rows of 60/40 split flat-folding seats offering up to 86.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The Ascent comes standard with a second-row bench seat, providing room for up to eight passengers. The Limited trim as well as available option packages for the Premium trim offer a choice of second-row captain chairs at no additional charge to provide occupants with easier access to the third row. The standard roof rails accommodate multiple accessories for carrying items such as cargo, bicycles and kayaks.

SEAT Tarraco in Dolphin Grey Driving Video

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The SEAT Tarraco FR uses a range of new and optimised powertrains, both petrol (TSI), diesel (TDI), producing the performance expected for a vehicle carrying the FR badge, but balancing the need to lower emissions. But as well as the traditional, the large SUV also brings plug-in hybrid technology to the segment, combing combustion and electrification to deliver a thrilling drive while maximising the use of electrification and aid SEAT’s shift to a more sustainable approach to mobility. Diesel remains core to the Tarraco, and the FR benefits from two 2.0-litre TDI units with 150PS (110kW) and 200PS (147kW) power outputs respectively. The line-up includes a 2.0l engine linked to either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed automatic DSG transmission with a power output of 150PS (110kW).

New Abarth 595 Turismo Driving Video

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If the 595 Turismo is linked to the values of style and comfort typical of Italian granturismo, it is therefore dedicated to those who like to stand out for their style, who love the city but want to live it boldly. On the other hand, the Competizione is aimed at lovers of performance and sportsmanship with no holds barred, those who want to enjoy themselves on the road the same way they do on the track, those who never give up turning a trip into an extraordinary experience. The 595 Turismo features refreshed interiors, starting with the exclusive leather seats with their new finishes, offering the option to choose from various colors, including the new Helmet Brown.

The new CUPRA Formentor in Petrol Blue Driving Video

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The CUPRA Formentor is about to take to the streets of the world. But some have already had the privilege of driving it including the CUPRA development team led by SEAT executive Vice-president for R&D Dr. Werner Tietz, along with CUPRA Technical Officer Marta Almuni and CUPRA driver Jordi Gené. The following are their impressions at the wheel of the brand’s first uniquely designed and developed model.

2021 Hyundai Elantra Exterior Design

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Hyundai officially launched its all-new 2021 Elantra and Elantra Hybrid at The Lot Studios in West Hollywood with a special event today broadcast around the world. This marks the world debut of the latest version of the popular compact sedan. The 2021 Elantra showcases Hyundai’s latest ambitions, including a Sensuous Sportiness design identity, hybrid electric vehicle technology, and segment-first wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The car also provides exciting driving dynamics and the most progressive in-car experience in its class. Production of the 2021 Elantra starts in the fall in Ulsan, Korea and at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and sales begin in the fourth quarter.

The new SsangYong Korando Interior Design

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SsangYong, meaning “double dragon” is a Korean car manufacturer specialising in 4x4s, SUVs and pick-up trucks. Initially established in 1954, SsangYong Motor Company started producing trucks, busses and special purpose vehicles for the export market, establishing the strong and reliable DNA of its products on the market today. The brand designs and manufactures its own key components including state of the art high-technology engines offering a versatile value for money proposition to the UK market. As Korea’s leading and only SUV and 4x4 specialist manufacturer, SsangYong is committed to refreshing its entire product portfolio. SsangYong introduced Tivoli in 2015, new Rexton in 2017, new Musso pick-up truck in 2018 and now new Korando in 2019. The brand will continue its exciting programme of new models stretching into the 20’s, including vehicles with pure-electric powertrains.

The new Toyota e-Palette Autonomous Mobility

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has presented an operational management system that will serve as the basis for the provision of different services through its e-Palette battery-electric autonomous vehicle, with Autono-MaaS applications —Autonomous Mobility As A Service—. This new e-Palette application will make possible the mobility services of the future and, thanks to the collaboration with several partners, will allow the deployment of different units of the e-Palette in Woven City, the prototype of Toyota's city of the future, fully connected and sustainable , with a view to its commercial use in multiple areas and regions in the coming years. Proclaiming his purpose to transform Toyota into a mobility company, at CES in Las Vegas in January 2018, TMC President and CEO Akio Toyoda announced the e-Palette as a symbol of mobility that goes beyond conventional vehicles, to offer customers services and added value.

The new Porsche Panamera 4 in Truffel Braun Driving Video

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The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is now the most powerful variant in the completely revamped product line, combining a 420 kW (571 PS; Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid models: Fuel consumption combined 2.8 – 2.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 63 – 62 g/km; electricity consumption combined 22.8 – 21.8 kWh/100 km (as of 10/2020)), four-litre biturbo V8 with a 100 kW (136 PS) electric motor. Its all-electric range has been increased by up to 30 per cent thanks to a new 17.9 kWh battery and optimised driving modes. This also applies to the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, where the electric motor is complemented as before by a 243 kW (330 PS; Panamera 4 E-Hybrid models: Fuel consumption combined 2.3 – 2.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 51 – 47 g/km; electricity consumption combined 18.2 – 17.0 kWh/100 km (as of 10/2020)) 2.9-litre biturbo V6, resulting in a system power output of 340 kW (462 PS). The Panamera portfolio is rounded off by the 4S, which delivers 324 kW (440 PS; Panamera 4S models: Fuel consumption combined 9.2 – 8.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 210 – 202 g/km (as of 10/2020)) and also benefits from all the optimised features of the latest model enhancement in terms of chassis, design, equipment and infotainment.

The new CUPRA Formentor Design in Magnetic Tech

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The CUPRA Formentor is about to take to the streets of the world. But some have already had the privilege of driving it including the CUPRA development team led by SEAT executive Vice-president for R&D Dr. Werner Tietz, along with CUPRA Technical Officer Marta Almuni and CUPRA driver Jordi Gené. The following are their impressions at the wheel of the brand’s first uniquely designed and developed model.

Mild-Hybrid Power, connectivity and new driver assistance Tech for upgraded Kia Stonic

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Kia Motors has introduced significant upgrades to the Kia Stonic compact crossover, strengthening the car’s position in the European B-SUV segment. The upgraded Stonic now offers drivers a range of efficient new ‘Smartstream’ powertrains, with innovations that enhance efficiency. Among these, the Stonic now offers Kia’s new gasoline 48V mild-hybrid ‘EcoDynamics+’ powertrain, and is also equipped with the company’s new ‘clutch-by-wire’ intelligent manual transmission. The interior and exterior design of the Stonic remain largely unchanged, however owners have even greater scope for customisation than before, with new body and roof colours and colour schemes, and a new wheel choice. Inside, drivers and occupants can now specify a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system with Kia’s new ‘Phase II’ UVO Connect telematics features. Safety and driver support are further enhanced with the adoption of a range of new high-tech advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

2020 Subaru WRX STI Driving Video

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The WRX STI brings rally-bred performance technology to the road with Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine producing 310 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. Standard handling technologies include Active Torque Vectoring and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control. For 2020, the WRX STI adds Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, redesigned engine bay cooling ducts in the front bumper and 19-inch aluminium alloy wheels in new dark gray with machine finish to its suite of standard features.

2020 ŠKODA SCALA Preview

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With a new character, new technology and a new name, the Škoda Scala completely redefines the compact car segment for the Czech brand. The fitting name 'Scala' comes from the Latin for 'stairs' or 'ladder'. The hatchback combines an emotive design with a high level of functionality as well as state-of-the-art connectivity, and transfers the sensational design language of the VISION RS concept study into a production vehicle for the first time. A selection of five engine variants is available, with power outputs ranging from 66 kW (90 PS) to 110 kW (150 PS). In addition, the Scala offers a high level of active and passive safety, full-LED headlights and tail lights, plenty of space for luggage and passengers, as well as numerous Simply Clever features. It will be launched onto the market in the first half of 2019.

The new Hyundai Tucson Highlights

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The new Hyundai Tucson is ready for launch. After completing an intensive test program, the compact SUV, which will go on sale in Europe towards the end of this year, has completed the intensive development and test drives as well as quality controls with flying colors. With the fourth generation, Hyundai is implementing the ""Sensuous Sportiness"" design philosophy for the first time in the Tucson. The compact SUV, which is suitable for everyday use, offers its drivers not only practical everyday use and plenty of space, but also extensive driving fun with a wide range of drives including all-wheel drive.

SsangYong – Checking your car

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‘Car SOS’ television presenter, Fuzz Townshend has become a UK brand ambassador for the Korean car manufacturer. Watch his special advices about your car.

Bentley Flying Spur V8 in Dragon Red II Driving Video

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The Bentley Flying Spur – hailed as “the best luxury sedan in the world” – is now available with Bentley’s renowned and highly successful V8 powertrain, as an alternative to the iconic W12. Research from the last ten years shows a significant shift in the usage of the Flying Spur from chauffeur-driven owners to customers driving themselves with passengers accompanying them. Global research (including two customer clinics in America and China) also demonstrated that over 40 per cent of customers travel with rear seat passengers at least once a week. This data has been used to develop the latest iteration of the new four door grand tourer, focusing on the driver experience whilst retaining a cabin space that combines exquisite luxury with integrated latest-generation technology. The Flying Spur V8 offers a more driver-centric experience via increased agility and a more characterful engine note, whilst benefiting from increased range between fuel stops and a reduction in CO2 emissions.

GoodYear - Mileage Plus Final

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Much of Spain has been collapsed by the snowfalls caused by the storm Filomena, but weather conditions similar to those we are experiencing these days are normal in other countries in Northern Europe. In them, drivers continue to circulate with their vehicles thanks to winter tires, so we wanted to discover some of their characteristics that allow them to have grip even in the most extreme conditions. There is a tendency to think that winter tires are specifically designed for driving in extreme snow conditions, however, they really are tires for driving in cold conditions. Its performance is better than that of summer tires on any surface with temperatures below 7ºC, temperatures that we easily find in peninsular winters.

60 Years of MINI - MINI John Cooper Works Countryman

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John Lennon drove one, Peter Sellers roared through his detective comedies in one, and even the Queen was chauffeured through the park of Windsor Castle in one. Countless celebrities succumbed to the charm of the classic Mini, which was first presented to the public 60 years ago. The car’s distinctive design, surprisingly generous space and agile driving characteristics were all major factors in the revolutionary small car being accepted into the circles of high society at an early stage – especially in its home country of Great Britain. Exclusive photographs show numerous stars from the world of music, film and fashion choosing the classic Mini as their preferred means of transport, making it an icon of its time. To mark the brand's 60th anniversary furthermore, MINI is commemorating those glorious early years with some exceptional special vehicles. Following the successful market launch of the MINI 60 Years Edition for the current MINI 3-door and MINI 5-door, the classic Mini will once again be at the forefront. A unique, elaborately restored one-off in the colourful striped design of the current MINI 60 Years Lifestyle Collection revives the fashionable panache and lifestyle of the wild sixties.

40 years of BMW GS – and the story continues

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The BMW GS models are celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2020 and BMW Motorrad is presenting the new R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure just in time for this. Even more sophisticated, more innovative and more fascinating - due to numerous new features and an extended range of optional equipment and Original BMW Motorrad Accessories. Even more so than before, they are the perfect companions for discovering even the most remote corners of our planet by motorcycle. Like to date, the legendary two-cylinder boxer engine ensures a superior and cultivated drive. It still has a displacement of 1,254 cm3 and with the current EU5 vehicle type approval it also still has a capacity of 100 kW (136 HP). Due to BMW ShiftCam technology for varying valve control timing and valve lift on the intake side, it provides superior power across the entire speed range, extremely smooth and quiet running and outstanding consumption and emission values.

Kia Sorento - Large SUV - CAR OF THE YEAR 2021

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Kia’s flagship SUV, the all-new Sorento, has made a strong start to the year, being named ‘Large SUV of the Year’ at the 2021 What Car? Car of the Year Awards. Up against worthy competition in the Large SUV category, the What Car? judging panel chose the Sorento for its impressive fuel economy, driving dynamics, high levels of standard specification, and exceptional build quality. The variant chosen by the judges at What Car? was the 1.6 T-GDi Hybrid in the UK’s ‘2’ specification, packed full of standard features such as a Reversing Camera System, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, and Forward Collision Avoidance with pedestrian, cyclist and junction detection.

McLaren 600LT Spider in Myan Orange Driving Video

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McLaren 600LT Spider is the fifth car to carry the Longtail name, the new convertible fully embodies the McLaren Longtail philosophy of increased power, reduced weight, optimised aerodynamics, track-focused dynamics and limited availability. In addition, it brings a new dimension of excitement over the 600LT Coupé, without compromise to the dynamic purity of the most performance-focused car in the Sports Series line-up: a retractable hardtop to give the choice of open-air driving. Like its 600LT Coupé sibling, the Spider records a significant weight saving over the model on which it is based, with McLaren's engineers achieving a reduction of 100kg at DIN weight over the 570S Spider. Furthermore, thanks to its lightweight but incredibly strong carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis, the convertible 600LT retains the structural rigidity of the Coupé with none of the strengthening that is usually required with conventional steel or aluminium structures. The result is a weight penalty of only 50kg over the Coupé, which contributes to a lightest dry weight of just 1,297kg for the Spider. This is at least 80kg less than any direct competitor and the equivalent power-to-weight ratio of 463PS-per-tonne underpins astonishing levels of performance and dynamic prowess.

Mercedes-Benz presents the MBUX Hyperscreen at CES

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A few days after its digital world premiere, the new MBUX Hyperscreen from Mercedes-Benz celebrated its trade-show debut today at the first all-digital Consumer Electronics Show (CES). With a width of 141 centimetres, the unique screen unit consisting of three apparently seamlessly merged displays is not only the largest human-machine interface built by Mercedes-Benz to date, but also by far the most intelligent – aesthetically impressive, radically easy to operate and downright eager to learn. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the display and operating system adapt completely to the user and make personalised suggestions for numerous infotainment, comfort and vehicle functions depending on the situation. The MBUX Hyperscreen will be launched in the fully electric EQS luxury saloon.

The new Toyota e-Palette - Shop and Package Delivery station

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has presented an operational management system that will serve as the basis for the provision of different services through its e-Palette battery-electric autonomous vehicle, with Autono-MaaS applications —Autonomous Mobility As A Service—. This new e-Palette application will make possible the mobility services of the future and, thanks to the collaboration with several partners, will allow the deployment of different units of the e-Palette in Woven City, the prototype of Toyota's city of the future, fully connected and sustainable , with a view to its commercial use in multiple areas and regions in the coming years. Proclaiming his purpose to transform Toyota into a mobility company, at CES in Las Vegas in January 2018, TMC President and CEO Akio Toyoda announced the e-Palette as a symbol of mobility that goes beyond conventional vehicles, to offer customers services and added value.