Audi Q4 e-tron (2021): not yet unveiled but already in production!

Audi Q4 e-tron (2021) not yet unveiled but already in production

Audi has just launched production of its future 100% electric compact SUV, the Q4 e-tron, although the model has not yet been unveiled …

Audi is wasting no time with its Q4 e-tron . While it still has not presented its new 100% electric compact SUV , the German manufacturer has already started production !

The first copies of the model have indeed taken place on the assembly lines of the plant in Zwickau , Germany, including the Volkswagen ID.4 , also manufactured locally.

Audi Q4 e-tron produced at Volkswagen plant in Zwickau

“The inter-brand collaboration in Zwickau once again demonstrates the enormous potential for synergy we have with the Volkswagen Group,” commented Peter Kössler, member of the Audi board for production and logistics.

“The on-schedule production start of the Audi Q4 e-tron is a testament to the excellent teamwork, both among Volkswagen colleagues and those at Audi. Our compact electric SUV is undoubtedly a true Audi. which will impress our customers with its quality and ease of use on a daily basis. ”, he added.

Audi Q4 e-tron: what we already know

The Audi Q4 e-tron will be unveiled to the public in mid-April and launched in European markets in summer 2021 . We already know that the SUV will measure almost 4.60 m long and that it will be based on the modular electric platform MEB of the Volkswagen group.

Its interior having already been unveiled , we also know that it will have its own atmosphere with in particular a three-dimensional dashboard, a new generation of touch-control steering wheel and a voice-controlled multimedia system where the screen measures 10.1 at 11.6 inches.

 

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.

 

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.

 

BMW will not stop the development of thermal engines

BMW will not stop the development of thermal engines

Unlike many of its competitors, BMW boss Oliver Zipse has announced that the Bavarian brand does not intend to stop the development of thermal engines.

Audi has just announced that it will no longer develop new heat engines , its CEO Markus Duesmann saying that European regulations on polluting emissions make the development of new generations of heat engines too expensive to be worth it.

On the other hand, BMW will not draw a line on the development of internal combustion engines. Indeed, according to Oliver Zipse, the boss of the Munich firm: “the demand for combustion vehicles will remain robust for many years to come” .

BMW: a whole range of electric vehicles to come

In Europe, heat engines could still be useful for the development of plug-in hybrid models, but outside the Old Continent, the demand for electric vehicles is not yet good: it is therefore in these markets that the engines thermals will remain important.

Of course, this choice will not prevent BMW from developing its range of new electric vehicles in parallel . For example, it has just presented the BMW i4 , a new sedan that is a 100% electric alternative to the 4 Series, as well as the BMW iX, a new electric SUV rival of the Tesla Model X and other Audi e-tron.

Other models are expected to follow later to complete the range, in order to reach BMW’s goal of selling 10 million 100% electric vehicles within the next ten years.

 

Dacia Spring (2021): pre-orders open this weekend!

Dacia Spring (2021) pre-orders open this weekend

Dacia will launch its communication campaign around the electric Spring and open pre-orders on the occasion of the arrival of spring.

“Spring is coming”: spring is coming, in French, this is the theme of the communication that Dacia is doing around its first 100% electric car , the Spring. The low-cost manufacturer of the Renault group will open the order books for the cheapest electric vehicle on the market on Saturday, March 20, on the occasion of the transition from winter to spring.

On this date, you can therefore book your Spring on the manufacturer’s online site. And judging by the success of the latest Sandero , which caused lengthy delivery times , pre-ordering the Spring might be the way to get it as quickly as possible .

The Dacia Spring on the test!

Invoiced less than € 12,500 bonus deducted, the Spring promises electric power at the price of gasoline.

 

Volvo XC40 electric (2021): new name, new range, new prices!

Volvo XC40 electric (2021) new name, new range, new prices!

Volvo is already reviewing the name, range and prices of its new all-electric XC40, launched just a few weeks ago.

Only a few weeks after launching the 100% electric XC40 on the French market, Volvo is already reviewing its copy! The Swedish manufacturer is changing the name of its model, its range and its prices . Just that !

Don’t call it XC40 Recharge P8 AWD anymore

Previously known as XC40 Recharge P8 AWD, the compact SUV now takes the name of XC40 Recharge Twin . However, this does not change its technical sheet. It is still powered by two electric units for a total power of 408 hp (660 Nm of torque) and a range of 418 km (WLTP) thanks to a 78 kWh battery which can be recharged from 10 to 80% in 40 minutes on a fast charging station.

Two new finishes

On the other hand, the range is evolving. Available initially only in “R-Design” finish, the electric XC40 is now available in two versions, “Plus” and “Pro”. The first is the new entry level and receives as standard front and rear radars, a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control, heated front seats and steering wheel, an induction smartphone charger, blind spot detection and intelligent driving assistance. Not to mention Volvo’s new infotainment system jointly developed with Google .

To this, the “Pro” finish adds metallic paint, a panoramic sunroof, a 360 ° camera, adaptive directional headlights and a Harman Kardon audio system.

Entrance ticket lowered by 1,450 €

Formerly displayed from € 59,940 in “R-Design” finish (LED headlamps, 19-inch alloy wheels, lane-keeping aid, electric tailgate …), the XC40 Recharge Twin now starts at € 58,490 in Plus finish and at € 62,490 in the Pro version . His entry ticket is therefore lowered by € 1,450.

The vehicle also benefits from a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty, 3-year or 100,000 km maintenance and all-risk insurance offered for 3 years.

 

Toyota: a new electric SUV presented at the Shanghai Motor Show 2021

Toyota a new electric SUV presented at the Shanghai Motor Show 2021

At the Shanghai Motor Show, which will be held from April 19 to 28, 2021, the Japanese manufacturer will present its new 100% electric mid-size SUV, based on the new e-TNGA platform.

Last December during its “Kenshiki” event presenting the novelties of Toyota and Lexus , the Japanese firm had already announced this future SUV, which will be the first of a new complete range of 100% electric models , all based on the modular platform e-TNGA.

This new versatile architecture makes it possible to adapt to a wide range of different products, being able to modulate the length, width, height and wheelbase of the car. This e-TNGA platform also makes it possible to adapt to models with front, rear or four-wheel drive, while embedding different types of electric motors , placed on the front and / or rear axle of the car, as well. than batteries , located under the floor.

Future Toyota electric SUV: a compact model equivalent to the RAV4?

No further information has been released regarding this new vehicle, but Toyota has already presented a sketch of the model, a compact SUV which is expected to be of the same segment as the Toyota RAV4 , although its name should be different in order to differentiate the two. models. This will complete an already well-stocked range of SUVs, including the C-HR, RAV4, Highlander and Land Cruiser, not to mention the small Yaris Cross.

Designed primarily to meet the needs of the European market, this new SUV will be produced in Japan , at Toyota’s ZEV plant. With the arrival of this new 100% electric range, the Japanese manufacturer is accelerating the electrification of its range, and plans to sell 5.5 million electrified cars each year by 2025 . This therefore includes 100% electric vehicles, but also hybrids, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells.

 

Toyota X prologue (2021): first photo of a future electric SUV?

Toyota X prologue (2021) first photo of a future electric SUV

Toyota unveils a first photo of a new concept called the X prologue. It could be a compact SUV with a 100% electric motor …

New on the way at Toyota ! The Japanese manufacturer has just announced the arrival of a new concept . Its name: the X prologue.

For the moment, the brand does not say more about it. Just publishes a first photo of the machine .

Electric SUV in sight?

In this image, we can see part of the front of the vehicle. This is marked by a unique LED light signature in the shape of a “C” which extends at least to the Toyota logo installed in the center of the grille. We also notice that this grille is full, which suggests that the X prologue will be a 100% electric vehicle .

It could also be an SUV. Perhaps the electric SUV that Toyota announced last December through a first sketch and which will be based on a completely new modular architecture : the e-TNGA, intended to produce a full range of “zero emission” vehicles.

World premiere of the X prologue scheduled for March 17

This model would be of a compact size , like the RAV4 , and would notably compete with the new Volkswagen ID . 4 . Confirmation expected on March 17 at 10 a.m., the day of its official presentation!

 

Kia EV6 (2021): first images of a new electric SUV!

Kia EV6 (2021) first images of a new electric SUV

Kia has just unveiled the first images of a new 100% electric vehicle. This is an SUV that will be based on the brand new E-GPM platform from the Hyundai group. Its name: EV6.

In the month of January, Kia has announced the launch of seven new models 100% electric by 2027. 7 models will be based on all the new E-GPM platform group Hyundai , dedicated to zero-emission vehicles. And the first of them has already just pointed the end of its hood …

The South Korean manufacturer has indeed broadcast the first images of a vehicle plunged into darkness . At first glance, it should be an SUV with rather dynamic features and a sloping roofline.

More than 500 km of autonomy for the EV6?

The latter will take the name of EV6 and should be equipped with a battery that will offer more than 500 km of autonomy and can be recharged in just twenty minutes. With its world premiere scheduled for the first quarter of 2021, its presentation would now only be a matter of days .

After this model, Kia plans to launch sedans, minivans and other SUVs that will use the same technical basis and the same name with the prefix “EV”.

Kia ambitious in the electric

With this new product offensive, the South Korean brand is targeting a 6.6% market share in the electric vehicle segment in 2025 and 500,000 annual sales worldwide by 2026.

 

Audi Q4 e-tron (2021): welcome aboard the new electric SUV

Audi Q4 e-tron (2021) welcome aboard the new electric SUV

Audi unveils the interior of the Q4 e-tron, its future 100% electric compact SUV.

A new 100% electric SUV is about to join the Audi range . After the e-tron 4.90 m long and its variation cut e-tron Sportback , brand rings arrival announcement Q4 e-tron , a zero emission SUV more compact dimensions since measuring about 4.60 m long. 4.59 m to be exact, for 1.86 m wide and 1.61 m high. Without forgetting 2.76 m of wheelbase, enough to guarantee a very good space to the rear passengers.

Digital and technological

And surprisingly, the SUV, which is based on the modular electric platform MEB and will also be available as a coupe, is not modeled on the recent e-tron or e-tron GT . It has its own atmosphere with in particular a three-dimensional dashboard, a new generation of touch-control steering wheel and a voice-activated multimedia system where the screen measures from 10.1 to 11.6 inches . In this configuration, it is the largest screen in the Audi range . The latter will be available at the end of the year.

Obviously, the brand adds to this a fully digital 10.25-inch instrument cluster for a resolutely modern interior, especially as the options catalog also includes a unique augmented reality head-up display .

Storage and trunk

Still at the front, the dashboard can be dressed in different materials. We find in particular linden wood, several types of aluminum and plastic. The S line version can use recycled materials. As for interior colors, customers will have a choice of black, steel gray, Santos brown and pergament beige.

On the safety side, the driver’s seat is fitted with a central airbag which deploys to the right to prevent the driver and his front passenger from colliding in the event of a side impact.

Finally, Audi announces a large number of storage spaces for a total volume of 25 liters as well as a trunk volume of 520 liters, or 1,490 liters once the rear seats are folded down, all with a practically flat surface.

What about the technical sheet?

The manufacturer does not yet reveal the technical sheet of this Q4 e-tron but the 2019 concept had two electric motors, one of 102 hp at the front and the other of 204 hp at the rear, for a combined power of 306 hp , with all-wheel drive and an electronically limited top speed of 180 km / h. A battery located between the two axles promised for its part a range of 450 km.