Volkswagen California Festival: utility event (s)

Volkswagen California Festival utility event (s)

Volkswagen is organizing for the first time a festival dedicated to van life and its legendary California!

Van life has a long history with Volkswagen . For the first time in its history, the brand’s Commercial Vehicle division is organizing a festival dedicated to these vehicles and to this philosophy.

Volkswagen and vans: a long history

It was in 1947 that the most emblematic van of the brand, and even in history, was born: the Volkswagen Combi . It was so successful at the time that the Combi also became the genesis of a new philosophy of life called “Van Life” .

At that time, the concept of life on board his van was quite new, and began to attract more and more people. Today, this art of living is experiencing a whole new boom, especially after such a special year linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was in the 1980s with its 3rd generation that the Combi became the California. Today, with the Caddy California and the Grand California, it represents a real range in its own right at Volkswagen!

A festival to put the van in the spotlight

For the very first time, the German brand will organize a large gathering dedicated to Van Life. This event will be held from October 2 to 3, 2021 in Lacanau in Gironde. Called ” California Festival “, this gathering will be placed under the sign of escape, freedom, conviviality and celebration.

Participants will find themselves cut off from the world, in the heart of a Landes pine forest, in a place truly designed for escape ! On the program, fun workshops designed for both children and adults will be offered. Without counting on many nautical activities.

Obviously, the California is also in the spotlight. The election of the most beautiful vans will also be organized among festival participants. In total, nearly 300 vans are expected at this exclusive event!

So if you have a Volkswagen Combi or California vehicle, don’t wait any longer and go for the Van Life !


A tank engine in a police car!

A tank engine in a police car

Under the hood of this Ford Crown Victoria, we now find a Rolls-Royce V12 capable of developing 2,500 hp! Finally, under the hood …

Replacing your engine to gain torque and power is nothing out of the ordinary. And the Ford Crown Victoria , long used by American law enforcement agencies , is an excellent base, as it accepts a large number of mechanics from different manufacturers. Produced from 1998 to 2012, the second generation of the sedan saw several blocks scroll under its hood. The biggest of these was a 250 hp V8 .

10 times more!

In Sweden , an owner decided to multiply this power by 10 ! How? ‘Or’ What ? Thanks to a tank engine ! This Rolls-Royce V12 is usually used in military vehicles, tanks to be more precise. Its capacity of 27 liters allows it to develop 550 hp ! Only downside, its red zone is reached very quickly at 3000 rpm.

Objective 320

There is only one way to go from 550 to 2,500 hp, supercharging . The crazy mechanic who embarked on this project decided to equip his huge engine not with one, but with two turbochargers to achieve a total power of 2,500 hp ! The couple ? No idea, but it must be stratospheric ! The ultimate goal is to cross the 320 km / h barrier .


Toyota ProAce City (2021): the cousin of the Berlingo and Partner goes electric

Toyota ProAce City (2021) the cousin of the Berlingo and Partner goes electric

Toyota presents the ProAce City Electric, the 100% electric version of its compact utility and minivan, 136 horsepower and offering up to 280 km of range.

The Toyota ProAce City shares the Peugeot Partner and Citroën Berlingo platform , and like its French cousins, the Japanese compact utility now also has a new “Electric” version, equipped with the same original Stellantis (PSA) engine: an electric motor with 136 horsepower (100 kW) and 260 Nm of torque . This joins Toyota’s family of commercial vehicles, which already includes the largest ProAce Electric, and will help Toyota achieve its goal of more than 10% zero-emission engines in Europe by 2025. .

Toyota ProAce City (2021): up to 280 km of range

The 100% electric Toyota ProAce City is available in utility (ProAce City Electric) and ludospace (ProAce City Verso Electric) versions , which will allow professionals and individuals alike to be able to access cities restricting traffic to thermal vehicles. They have the same layouts and loading capacities of the thermal ProAce City, with a loading volume of up to 4.4 m 3 , up to 800 kg of payload and up to 750 kg of towing capacity.

The 50 kWh lithium-ion battery is in fact located under the floor, and does not encroach on the passenger compartment or the cargo space. This allows the Toyota ProAce City Electric to offer a range of between 260 and 280 km (WLTP cycle), and its on-board three-phase charger of 11 kW allows a full charge of the battery in 5 hours, while the Using a 100 kW fast charger achieves an 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.

Performance level, 0 to 100 km / h is carried out in 11.2 to 11.7 seconds (depending on the version), for a maximum speed of 135 km / h. Several driving modes (Eco, Normal and Power) can be used to optimize range or performance as desired.

The Toyota ProAce City Electric will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2021 , at prices to be announced later. The range will be identical to the thermal version, with three levels of finishes: Active, Dynamic and Business.


Lotus Emira (2021): the last thermal Lotus arrives on July 6

Lotus Emira (2021) the last thermal Lotus arrives on July 6

Lotus, which will soon switch to electric, announces the arrival of its latest 100% thermal model. See you on July 6, 2021 to discover the Emira.

Lotus announced it last January: the British manufacturer will deeply renew its range. As the electric supercar Evija arrives, the brand has decided to end the careers of its Elise, Exige and Evora by the end of the year. Instead, three sports news will be launched ! And the first of them has just been announced!

A page turns at Lotus

Internally called “Type 131”, it will eventually take the name Emira . Above all, contrary to what the rumor announced, the car will not be electric or hybrid. It will be thermal. It will even be the last 100% thermal Lotus !

“It will be powered by a choice of internal combustion engines,” says the firm, which adds that it has signed a new partnership for the supply of one of the engines. The other block, signed Lotus, will be entirely new, very efficient and at the cutting edge of technology, continues the manufacturer.

A design to the Evija

Still on the technical side, the Emira will be built on the “Elemental” platform , one of the four new structures developed by Lotus with its Chinese owner Geely. The “Extreme” platform will be used for hypercars like the Evija, while the “Evolution” base will be used for a new range of premium and “lifestyle” vehicles. The fourth and last platform, called “E-Sports”, will be dedicated to the electric partnership with Alpine .

Finally, in terms of design, the Emira will be directly influenced by the Evija.

See you on July 6 in Hethel!

This famous Emira will be unveiled on July 6 at Lotus HQ in Hethel, England, where it will also be produced. His public debut is scheduled for July 8-11 at the Festival of Speed ??at Goodwood, also in England.


Arcfox Alpha S (2021): Huawei presents its first electric car

Arcfox Alpha S (2021) Huawei presents its first electric car

Huawei presents the Arcfox Alpha S, its first electric car produced in association with the Chinese group BAIC, at the 2021 Shanghai Motor Show.

This is the Shanghai Motor Show, which opens its doors until April 28, 2021, Huawei has made his first steps in the automotive world with the presentation of the Arcfox Alpha S . Even if it is already collaborating with car manufacturers to provide its technologies, as for the DS 7 Crossback for example, this time, Huawei has partnered with the Chinese group BAIC (Beijing Automobile Industry Co.) and is going even further in the integration of its technological know-how on board vehicles.

Like many of its competitors, like for example the Zeekr firm of the Geely group, this new 100% electric model aims to dethrone Tesla . To differentiate itself, Huawei has embedded in the Arcfox Alpha S a Kirin 990A chip , a variation of the processor that equips the Huawei Mate 30 and P40 smartphones. It has no less than three processors dedicated to artificial intelligence , as well as a 5G modem to ensure its connectivity.

Arcfox Alpha S (2021): more than 700 kilometers of autonomy

The infotainment system embedded in the Arcfox Alpha S has a 21-inch 4K touch screen , and is based on the HarmonyOS platform , a home operating system launched as an alternative to Android, following Huawei’s troubles with the States United which resulted in a ban on integrating Google solutions into its products. There will be a set of navigation and entertainment applications optimized for in-car use, as well as extensive integration of the brand’s smartphones on board. The set is completed by a head-up display, as well as a Harman Kardon audio system with 12 speakers and a subwoofer.

Technically, the Arcfox Alpha S has four-wheel drive, and goes from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.5 seconds . Its 93.6 kWh battery provides up to 708 kilometers of range , and its on-board fast charger recovers 195 kilometers of range in just 10 minutes of charging. Driving assistance technologies are numerous, and allow the model to offer level 3 autonomous driving .

The Arcfox Alpha S is available to order in China with two trim levels, starting at 251,900 yuan (around 32,200 euros ) and 388,900 yuan (around 49,700 euros ). No marketing in Europe has yet been announced, but it would not be surprising to see this electric and connected sedan soon land in our regions, like the other products and connected objects of the Chinese firm.


Mansory is preparing a hellish Ferrari F8 Tributo!

Mansory is preparing a hellish Ferrari F8 Tributo

The Mansory preparer takes on the Ferrari F8 Tributo and offers it a completely tailor-made look and preparation, with forged carbon elements and a specific “Catalina green” color.

Mansory is a German-origin tuner based in Switzerland, who has a habit of deeply modifying supercars, both aesthetically and mechanically. With all his projects and preparations based on premium vehicles, such as the latest Ferrari 812 GTS recently, he has gained international fame. With these often loaded designs that really stand out from the original models, we generally love it or hate it!

A deeply modified Ferrari F8 Tributo

The Mansory preparer strikes once again this month with a little onion preparation for a Ferrari F8 Tributo model , released in 2019 as a replacement for the 488 GTB.

This modified version, which they decided to name ” F8XX “, is a significantly changed version: unlike some less in-depth creations and preparations, here the Ferrari has undergone improvements both in terms of the engine but also in terms of the bodywork. , which is provided with bespoke elements added to improve the performance of the car.

Externally, these bespoke elements were built entirely in forged carbon . It is found absolutely everywhere, whether on the front face, the bumper, the rear diffuser or the mirrors. The Mansory emblem also takes place on the nose, replacing the prancing horse.

The premium garage has even added a split rear spoiler, also in carbon. The color of the car, ” Catania green “, was chosen for this transformation with golden reminders, which can be found in particular on the 21 and 22 inch rims of the F8XX.

Finally, concerning the interior, more subtle changes have been considered with a more extensive use of leather around the spaces for the feet, the central tunnel or the firewall.

An even more efficient engine

There are also changes under the engine hood, although the latter remains the same: the 720-horsepower 3.9L V8 gains an engine reprogram as well as a less restrictive exhaust system. The total power goes to 880 horsepower!

As one would expect, the announced performances are also revised upwards, with a Vmax at 354km / h and 0 to 100km / h shot in 2.6 sec .


Mister V’s Fiat Panda sold on eBay for an insane amount

Mister V's Fiat Panda sold on eBay for an insane amount

YouTuber Mister V recently put his Fiat Panda into play, and the winner wasted no time in reselling it on eBay, where the auction reached an unexpected sum!

Vehicles sold at auction are sometimes the object of all the covetousness: rare models, prestigious, or having belonged to a celebrity, it is not surprising to see the bidding rise when it is a question of a single model.

But this Fiat Panda Young from 2001, recently put up for sale on eBay, saw its auctions soar beyond 75,000 euros! However, it displays nearly 105,000 km on the odometer, and its last technical inspection shows many major failures , simply not allowing it to be able to take the road …

A fully customized Fiat Panda

This rather peculiar Fiat Panda belonged to the French Youtuber, humorist and rapper Mister V , whose real name is Yvick Letexier, who completely customized it for the needs of a humorous video called “Modifie my vehicle”, a parody of the famous American show “Pimp my ride” which has been viewed over 6.5 million times on YouTube .

On this occasion, it received a black paint, new rims, a lowering, as well as a personalized interior combining leather and Alcantara, completed by a sound system, a touch pad or even a digital instrument cluster. A Panda “MVP edition” that Mister V put into play during the sale of his second album “MVP” this winter, in a collector’s box including the disc, goodies, as well as a golden ticket for win the 40 horsepower racing car .

When handing over the keys to the lucky winner, Mister V had fun telling him not to “sell it on Leboncoin in 4 days” … And yet, it is more on eBay than the famous Matteo du 91 chose to put the car up for sale, for a starting price of 1,000 euros. At the time of writing, no less than 24 bidders have placed 98 bids, raising the price of the Panda to 75,350 euros … Or the equivalent of a Mercedes-AMG C 43!


Seat Ibiza and Arona (2021): passage through the restyling box

Seat Ibiza and Arona (2021) passage through the restyling box

Launched in 2017, the fifth generation Seat Ibiza and the first Arona of the name go through the restyling box. On the program for both models: an exterior evolution and an interior revolution.

Double hit for Seat. The Spanish manufacturer presents two new models at once : the restyled Ibiza and Arona . Both launched in 2017, the fifth-generation city car and urban SUV now benefit from the traditional mid-career update .

Exterior evolution

However, external developments are not legion. The Ibiza is content with a few alterations to the lights, now 100% LED as standard. It also gains new rim designs and new body colors.

The changes are a little more numerous on the Arona. The urban SUV notably asserts its all-terrain character with a new finish called Xperience which replaces the Xcellence level. This version stands out with larger protective skis and round fog lights positioned just below the headlights. Like the Ibiza, the restyled Arona also adopts new rims and original body colors.

The two models also see their name inscribed on the back adopt a new handwritten font in relief . The Seat logo has a chrome finish.

Inner revolution

But it is ultimately on board that the changes are most notable with a completely revised and largely modernized interior . The dashboard is refined, the plastics are foamed and new lighted aerators appear. There is also a raised and larger central floating screen (8.25 or 9.2 inches against 8 inches previously), a new multifunction steering wheel in nappa leather and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.

To support this visual modernity, the Ibiza and the Arona are full of technologies . On the menu: wireless connectivity for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, voice-activated infotainment system (with the words “Hola Hola”) and a whole slew of driving aids (semi-autonomous Travel Assist, blind spots, rear parking exit assistant, recognition of traffic signs, etc.).

Gasoline or compressed natural gas

Finally on the mechanical side, the restyled Ibiza and Arona will be available with engines running on gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG) for powers ranging from 80 to 150 hp . All with manual or automatic DSG dual-clutch gearboxes.

In detail, the Ibiza will be offered with a three-cylinder 1.0L MPI of 80 hp (BVM), a three-cylinder 1.0L TSI of 95 (BVM5) and 110 hp (BVM6 or DSG7) and a four-cylinder 1.5L TSI of 150 hp. Not to mention the 1.0L TGI of 90 hp natural gas (BVM6).

The Arona will be available with the same engines but will ignore the three-cylinder 1.0L MPI 80 hp.

The restyled Seat Ibiza and Arona will enter production in the third quarter of 2021 and should be marketed immediately at prices still unknown.


Opel will electrify the Manta!

Opel will electrify the Manta

The German manufacturer Opel will electrify the Manta, its famous coupe from the 70s, by offering it a “Restomod” version.

Opel is riding the Restomod wave , this new and increasingly popular phenomenon which consists in restoring old cars by grafting them in particular all modern technologies but taking care to retain their original character.

The German manufacturer will indeed bring its Manta up to date. The brand announces the development of a Manta GSe ElektroMOD, a modernized and electrified version of the famous coupe from the 70s.

Electric motor and digital dashboard for the coupe from the 70s

The Manta “becomes fully electric and now has a fully digital dashboard,” says Opel. “It is as sporty as an original Opel GSe”, adds the brand, which does not reveal any more, however, and is content for the time being to broadcast a single photo and a first teaser video of the machine .

Electrification at all costs at Opel

The Manta GSe ElektroMOD is expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks . It will then be part of the broad electrification strategy of the German manufacturer, which notably wants each vehicle in its range to be electrified by 2024 .


Volkswagen ID.6 (2022): the first photos of the leaked electric SUV

Volkswagen ID.6 (2022) the first photos of the leaked electric SUV

The future Volkswagen ID.6 is a large 100% electric family SUV which should be presented this year: the first photos were unveiled in advance!

It will be the third vehicle in Volkswagen’s ID range of 100% electric vehicles. After the compact ID.3 and the ID.4 SUV, here is the future ID.6: a large family SUV , which was prefigured by the Volkswagen ID.Roomz concept .

The first photos of the model, resulting from a data leak from China. In line with the other models in Volkswagen’s ID range , the ID.6 adopts fluid and clean lines, with a more imposing front end animated by a large (and false) air intake in the lower part of the shield.

Volkswagen ID.6 (2022): a large SUV for families

The rear is marked by a large shiny black band, connecting the two optics and visually expanding the whole. The aluminum-like insert on the rear apron contributes to this style effect, and gives the model more presence.

According to the technical information which also leaked, the ID.6 will measure 4.88 meters long , for a wheelbase of 2.97 meters, or no less than 292 mm more than the ID.4, with the key more generous space on board for passengers, allowing the model to offer up to seven seats. The 100% electric engine should develop 204 horsepower , with a four-wheel drive variant of 306 horsepower .

The Volkswagen ID.6 is expected to be unveiled later this year, ahead of expected commercialization in 2022 .