Skoda: an electric compact and entry-level variants to come

Skoda an electric compact and entry-level variants to come

Skoda boss Thomas Schäfer has revealed some details about the Czech brand’s future developments: entry-level variants as well as an electric compact are coming.

In an interview with the German magazine Automobilwoche, the new CEO of Skoda , Thomas Schäfer, announced the brand’s desire to develop in emerging countries. He also gave some details on future models to come.

Skoda: a future electric Octavia on the program

As Mladá Boleslav’s firm launches its new Kushaq SUV in India, and is already present in no less than 100 countries, Schäfer clarified that other markets present interesting opportunities for Skoda, such as North Africa. for example, where the supply of electrified models is still to be developed.

The new Skoda boss has also indicated that electric models should represent 60% of its sales by 2030. To do this, new zero-emission Skoda will soon emerge , with at least one model located under the Enyaq iV SUV , as well as a new electric compact the size of the Octavia .

New entry-level models at increasingly attractive prices

The Czech manufacturer is also eyeing the success of Korean and French brands in Europe: to compete with them, Thomas Schäfer is considering the creation of entry-level versions of the brand’s models, at an even more attractive price. Skoda is in fact the brand of the Volkswagen group most able to occupy this segment, still underexploited by the German company.

 

Rare Mercedes 560 SEC AMG 6.0 Wide Body sold at auction

Rare Mercedes 560 SEC AMG 6.0 Wide Body sold at auction

This very rare Mercedes 560 SEC AMG 6.0 “Wide Body” has been put up for auction. It was produced in only 26 copies in 1989.

Developed in 1989 and based on the Mercedes 560 SEC, the ancestor of thec , this AMG version is an iconic model. Mercedes pushed its V8 engine to 6.0 liters of displacement (against 5.6 liters), to develop a total power of 385 horsepower (against 300 horsepower originally). This additional cavalry allows the car to go from 0 to 100 km / h in less than six seconds , rather honorable figures for a vehicle of this time.

Mercedes 560 SEC AMG 6.0 Wide Body: a more aggressive look

In addition to this mechanical revision, as its name suggests, this “Wide Body” version is equipped with a wide body kit , allowing to improve its look but also its aerodynamic performance. It also gains performance elements such as more powerful disc brakes, as well as a reinforced suspension. On board, we find the essential burl walnut inserts, a specific steering wheel signed AMG, chrome door sills, as well as Recaro seats .

This copy was produced in October 1989 , and was initially sold by a German dealer in Munich, before being exported to the UK in 2017. In addition to its black livery and black leather interior, several optional equipment comes complete the equipment: automatic air conditioning, a fire extinguisher and heated front seats.

Auctioned a few days ago by Bonhams, this Mercedes 560 SEC AMG 6.0 Wide Body was sold for € 169,923 .

 

Porsche Cayman and Boxster: the next generation 100% electric?

Porsche Cayman and Boxster the next generation 100% electric

Launched in 2016, the current Porsche Cayman and Boxster should be renewed in 2023. On this occasion, they could well take the turn of the all-electric …

Porsche boss Oliver Blume said in an interview with British magazine Auto Express that the brand had not yet decided whether the Porsche Cayman and Boxster were going to go 100% electric, while specifying that this hypothesis was quite likely .

According to Blume, “We’re still waiting a few months before making a choice. But I think there is potential for that to happen, and if we make an electric 718 it should be able to be driven like a 911 and all of our stuff. other sports. ”

Porsche Cayman and Boxster: a new generation is well planned

The boss of Porsche added that, despite the fact that many manufacturers are abandoning the sports market, Porsche will not draw a line on the Porsche Boxster and Cayman , which will know a new generation , and this, whether they are driven by thermal or electric motors: “You cannot compare combustion engines to electric motors, but there are a lot of advantages in electrification, because of the torque and the acceleration that you can offer the car” .

Despite everything, the Stuttgart firm will continue to offer thermal engines in its range, which will always be useful for equipping hybrid traction chains, which will be found in particular on the Porsche 911 . As for the future of the future Porsche Cayman and Boxster, regardless of the nature of the engine that will drive them, Oliver Blume assures us that they will be “100% Porsche” …

 

Official: Ford stops the Mondeo!

Official Ford stops the Mondeo

End of career for the Ford Mondeo. Launched in 1993 in Europe and since sold nearly 5 million units, the sedan will cease production in March 2022.

The sentence fell. On borrowed time for several years, the Mondeo is about to bow out . Ford has indeed decided to put an end to the production of its sedan. The American manufacturer will lower the curtain in a year, at the end of March 2022 .

Priority to SUVs …

In difficulty in recent years in Europe and launched in a large and heavy reorganization, the Dearborn firm will abandon the sedan segment , which is currently not very buoyant on the Old Continent, to turn to other more profitable sectors, and in particular that of SUV .

“In 2020, 39% of Ford’s passenger car sales were SUVs and crossovers, eight points more than in 2019,” said the manufacturer to explain its decision.

… and electrification

The focus will also be on electrification with an investment of at least $ 22 billion (around € 18.6 billion) globally. Thus, by mid-2026, 100% of the range of passenger vehicles will be available in a 100% electric or plug-in hybrid version, then 100% will be electric by 2030 .

Five million Mondeo sold since 1993

Launched in 1993 in Europe, where it replaced the Sierra, which won the European car of the year trophy in 1994, the Mondeo has survived the ages over four generations. Available as a SW station wagon, sporty ST versions and even a hybrid, the sedan has sold around five million units to date.

The Galaxy and S-Max continue their hybrid route

The large Galaxy and S-Max minivans , which were also in the hot seat , “will continue to be produced, with full hybrid versions recently unveiled ,” Ford concludes.

 

Renault Taliant (2021): the new small saloon with a diamond trunk

Renault Taliant (2021) the new small saloon with a diamond trunk

Renault has unveiled the Taliant, a new small notchback sedan … which will never be offered in France since it is intended for so-called “emerging” markets.

Box sedans are not dead! If in France this type of bodywork is no longer really popular, elsewhere it still manages to attract customers. This is particularly the case in so-called “emerging” markets.

Renault therefore logically exploits the vein and unveils the Taliant in Turkey. The latter replaces the Symbol , a sort of Dacia Logan notchback decked out with the diamond that was until now sold in some international markets.

A real personality

And little surprise, unlike the Symbol, this new Taliant is not content to be a simple rebadged Logan . She has her own personality.

Based on the CMF-B platform already used for the new Logan (and the Clio V in particular), the Taliant sports specific taillights and displays the look of the latest Renault models, notably with a “C” shaped light signature.

What about the interior and the engines?

The interior has not yet been revealed to him but should however be modeled on that of the Sandero and Logan 3. We also do not know what will be the engines that will animate the beast but it is still a safe bet that the diamond mark will rely, among other things, on its 3-cylinder 1.0 TCe petrol.

The Taliant will never see France

The Renault Taliant is due to be marketed in Turkey in mid-2021 . It will then be launched on other markets, notably in Asia and Latin America, but will never arrive in France .

 

Lamborghini Urus (2021): new ice speed record for the SUV!

Lamborghini Urus (2021) new ice speed record for the SUV

Lamborghini has just won an ice speed record with its Urus. Over one kilometer, standing start, the imposing 650 hp SUV reached an average speed of 114 km / h.

New tour de force from the Lamborghini Urus . The wicked Italian SUV set a new speed record during its first participation in the ” Days of Speed ” event, dedicated to sporty driving on ice and whose 2021 edition was held from March 10 to 13.

On Lake Baikal, Russia , the 650bhp juggernaut (4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine) demonstrated its power and maneuverability by breaking the record for the average speed over one kilometer, standing start .

Launched at 298 km / h on the ice

Led by the Russian pilot Andrey Leontyev, the Urus posted an average of 114 km / h, with a maximum speed recorded during the sprint at 298 km / h !

“This extreme challenge proves once again that the Urus delivers all the performance one would expect from a Lamborghini in terms of acceleration, top speed and handling,” commented Konstantin Sychev, Lamborghini Brand Manager for Eastern Europe and the CIS countries.

“The official data recorded by the FIA ​​(International Automobile Federation) and the RAF (Russian Automobile Federation) will be released in April,” Lamborghini added in a statement.

 

New Peugeot 308 (2021): imagined as a GTI version

New Peugeot 308 (2021) imagined as a GTI version

Here is what the new Peugeot 308 could have looked like in GTI version if the lion brand had not abandoned its sporting emblem in favor of the PSE badge.

The new Peugeot 308 barely unveiled, we already know that a 100% electric version will see the light of day, but most likely not before 2023.

On the other hand, at this stage, a sports version PSE is more than uncertain. One thing is certain: there will be no new 308 GTI, Peugeot having abandoned its famous sporting crest. This does not prevent some from dreaming …

An independent designer by the name of Kléber Silva has indeed imagined what the new 308 GTI could have looked like. In the image, we thus discover the compact dressed in the straight cut, the famous and unique two-tone color, here available in blue and black.

Exit the GTI, place a PSE

Since 1983, the GTi badge has almost always been part of the catalog of the Sochalian brand , but with the arrival of new CO2 standards that are always more restrictive, Peugeot must now review its plans in terms of sportiness.

As a result, when it comes to vitaminized lionesses, the Peugeot Sport Engineered name now prevails. This new coat of arms is intended for the fiercest models in the catalog. If the first of them, the 508 PSE, manages to convince customers, it is likely that the French brand will decide to decline other models in its range. However, it remains to be seen whether the necessary hybridization will not weigh down the vehicle and make the project more complex to develop. To be continued…

 

Ferrari Purosangue (2022): like that the future SUV with the prancing horse?

Ferrari Purosangue (2022) like that the future SUV with the prancing horse

While we are still awaiting the official revelation of the Ferrari Purosangue, the future SUV of the Italian manufacturer has been imagined by a designer.

If it has already been surprised during road tests, still camouflaged, the future Ferrari SUV , called Purosangue (for “thoroughbred” ) should soon be unveiled. The prancing horse brand has long denied wanting to give in to the SUV fashion, but it will finally join the pack, in a market where we already find the Aston Martin DBX and other Lamborghini Urus , whose success is at the rendezvous.

Ferrari Purosangu, a mix of Roma and SF90 Stradale?

Georgian designer Giorgi Tedoradze has released two illustrations of the model, with a particularly aggressive styling that is notably inspired by the Roma and the SF90 Stradale .

The front borrows the codes of Ferrari , with sharp headlights as well as an LED light signature that can be found in the lower part of the large angular air intakes.

The stern is a bit more sophisticated, with small LED tail lights connected by a red LED light strip, and highlighted by two exhaust cannulas integrated into the middle of the rear bumper.

With the engine of the GTC4Lusso?

If the mystery still remains on this new model, according to the latest rumors, the Ferrari Purosangue should borrow the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 of the GTC4Lusso , with a power of around 650 hp … Unless a V12 not on the program?

No presentation date has yet been announced, but the Maranello firm is expected to unveil its first SUV by the end of 2021 .

 

Renault Captur E-Tech (2021): the prices of the hybrid SUV!

Renault Captur E-Tech (2021) the prices of the hybrid SUV

After the prices of the plug-in hybrid, Renault presents the prices of the simple hybrid version of the Captur II.

A few weeks after the plug-in hybrid version “E-Tech Plug-In” , the Renault Captur arrives today in a simple hybrid version, called “E-Tech”!

In this configuration, the diamond SUV combines a 1.6 L petrol and two electric motors for a total power of 145 horsepower. Above all, the crossover promises an average consumption of 5 L / 100 km . A type of engine that is still very rare in the segment , since neither the Peugeot 2008 nor the Volkswagen T-Roc are available in hybrids for the moment. You have to look to the Toyota C-HR to find a hybrid on a small urban SUV.

€ 3,500 more than TCe 140 petrol

The Renault Captur E-Tech is displayed from 27,100 € in Zen finish : it is 3,500 € more than the TCe 140 gasoline in manual gearbox (23,600 €), at the same level of range. As standard, it has automatic lighting of the lights, automatic air conditioning and a customizable 7-inch dashboard.

The mid-range Intens climbs to € 29,700 . Orders are already open on the French market.

Renault announces that this E-Tech engine will be available later this year on the RS Line and Initiale Paris finishes .

 

New Mercedes e-Citan (2021): the electric utility shows itself with camouflage

New Mercedes e-Citan (2021) the electric utility shows itself with camouflage

Mercedes’ next utility vehicle is unveiled in an electric version: discover the e-Citan under its camouflage.

Mercedes-Benz previewed the upcoming eCitan with official camouflage photos. The German car manufacturer is developing, with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance , the second generation of the Citan , which should be based on the same platform as the Renault Kangoo that we know in France.

A 100% electric version

Overall, the all- electric variant of this Citan should be identical to the thermal models, with one exception: the three-pointed star badge on the front can be opened and it houses the charging port .

Although not easily seen in these photos, previous images of the e-Citan’s prototypes have confirmed that it will have stylish headlights with integrated LEDs, circular fog lights, sliding rear doors and vertical tail lights. .

In a press release confirming the development of the new van, Mercedes-Benz claimed that “the compact exterior dimensions and, at the same time, the generous space with high storage volume in the passenger compartment open up various possible applications for the small van, especially in urban distribution transport “, adding that” the concept of the vehicle offers comprehensive safety equipment and a high level of driving comfort “.

The Mercedes-Benz e-Citan is expected to be unveiled in the second half of 2021 .