Audi has completely unveiled a new generation of its most compact model. The 2019 Audi A1 will start to arrive to dealers already in July. What are the main differences of the new car from the model of the first generation? We selected 5 most interesting facts.
1. The new A1 will be produced only in a five-door body. The hatchback shares the Volkswagen’s MQB platform with the VW Polo and the SEAT Ibiza of the latest generations. Like its predecessor, the A1 of the second generation will be produced at the SEAT’s factory in Martorell, Spain.
2. The second-generation A1 has overall dimensions of 4 030 x 1,740 x 1410 mm, so, it is a bit larger than the car of the previous generation. Accordingly, more interior and more volume of the trunk (335 against 270 liters).
3. The presence of the MMI infotainment system, which migrated from the flagship A8. In the top versions there is a 10.1-inch display, and in cars of middle and initial trim levels it is 8.8-inch. The instrument panel is digital.
4. Engines. There will be no diesel options. Absolutely. The petrol line includes three TFSI: 1.0-liter three-cylinder (96 and 118 hp), 1.5-liter (150 hp) and 2.0-liter (200 hp) . All versions are front-wheel driven and are offered with six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic double-clutch gearboxes. A six-speed S tronic auto transmission is used on the 40 TFSI flagship version..
5. Safety systems. Include a warning about leaving the lane, an adaptive cruise control and a reversing camera that debuts on the A1. In addition, there is a radar technology for recognizing vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists in poor conditions, such as snow or rain.
Hyundai Motor announced the signing of a partnership agreement with Audi AG for the creation of innovative technologies for cars in which hydrogen is used as fuel. Automakers will exchange licenses and experience in order to increase the production of hydrogen models and reduce their cost in the future.
Audi specialists will have access to the development of power units of the Hyundai ix35 FCEV and NEXO models and the opportunity to use the structure of supplies of the Korean brand components. Both companies consider the use of hydrogen in electric vehicles as the most promising form of eco-transport development.
The partners want to introduce common standards in the development of hydrogen cell technology in the automotive industry, to jointly accelerate the process of developing new FCEV models, to stimulate innovations and provide customers with advanced mobility capabilities in the future.
The partnership between Hyundai and Audi is expected to positively affect Hyundai Mobis, the main supplier of spare parts and accessories for Hyundai cars. This company was the first in the world to install an integrated system for the conveyor production of components for hydrogen powertrains at its plant in Chungju (South Korea).
Today, the plant produces three thousand hydrogen modules per year, and the partnership with Audi could increase production several times.
Hyundai Motor is the first company in the world, which started hydrogen vehicles mass production.The ix35 FCEV model has been on the market since 2013, and it is available in 128 countries.
The Hyundai NEXO SUV on a new platform with a progressive hydrogen system, providing a power reserve up to 800 km, will also soon go on sale.
Source: Hyundai Motor
On the photo: 2014 Hyundai ix35
On June 21, 2018 a new Volvo S60 mid-size premium sports sedan is being officially unveiled at the Volvo’s plant in the USA. Both the new plant in Charleston (South Carolina) and the model first made in the USA are launched today.
Håkan Samuelsson,Volvo’s CEO, said:
It is a true driver’s car that gives us a strong position in the US and China sedan markets, creating more growth opportunities for Volvo Cars.
As we previously informed, no diesel engines are offered for the new car. Volvo Cars was the first global car maker to announce its strategy to electrify all new models from 2019.
The S60 got two turbo Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid petrol engines: T6 with 340 hp and T8 with 400 hp. Volvo’s T5 and T6 petrol engines will be available at launch.
Customers first for the segment can use the Care by Volvo subscription service, which means car access with no down payment via a monthly flat-fee subscription rather than ownership.
The S60 shares SPA platform, safety and infotainment systems with the new Volvo V60 wagon, the top 90 Series and the XC60 – leaders of safety ratings. So, the new S60 will be one of the safest cars on the road due to the City Safety technology (with auto braking and pedestrians, cyclists, large animals recognition).
The model also include the optional Pilot Assist and Cross Traffic Alert systems, Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance functions.
Volvo Cars’ Sensus Connect infotainment system is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G. А performance handling offer called Polestar Engineered is available for the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid versions. It upgrades the car’s wheels, suspension, brakes and engine control unit, providing combined output of 415 hp.
Source: Winner Imports Ukraine Ltd, the official distributor of Volvo cars in Ukraine
Two more body versions – a shooting brake and a SUV will join the latest-generation Kia Ceed hatchback, apart from already unveiled Sportswagon.
The hatch will enter the market in August, and the sports wagon – at the end of this year. The shooting break will be presented at the Motor Show in Paris in October under the Proceed name, which was used for the three-door Cee’d and the concept shown at last year’s auto show in Frankfurt. As in the case of the hatchback, the name will lose its apostrophe and underscore.
Kia positions the SUV and the shooting break as more premium than a standard hatchback, which could be a rival to the Audi A3, Mercedes A-Class and BMW 1-Series. The shooting break is expected to be available on sale in 2019, and the SUV – in 2020.
The company has also confirmed that there will the Ceed with a mild-hybrid 48-volt technology, a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. All modifications of the model will be built on the K2 platform.
The lineup of engines for top trim levels of the SUV and the shooting brake will include more powerful petrol and diesel motors, as well as advanced safety systems, level two autonomous technology and the latest connectivity.
Source: Auto Express
Photo: 2019 Kia Ceed Sportswagon
Suzuki Motor Corporation has released several images of a small Jimny SUV of the new generation. As expected, one of the most famous models of the Japanese brand after the generation change has remained “square.”
The new Suzuki Jimny is quite recognizable, which is natural: the simple uncomplicated exterior of the SUV became one of the reasons for its popularity.
Apparently, the interior has preserved Spartan stylistics, but there is still no information on the trim levels.
Actually, Suzuki has published only one general image, but in six body colors.
Judging by the third image of the chassis layout, the Jimny remained framed.
All technical details about the new car are expected in the near future.
The new Infiniti QX50 premium SUV became the first production car, whose body parts are made of steel with ultrahigh tensile strength of 980 MPa. Nissan plans to use such material in its future models.
This is a high-strength steel with a high level of formability. Using it makes vehicles lighter, and their forms more aerodynamic. Such cars emit less harmful gases into the atmosphere and better protect occupants.
The material was developed by Nissan jointly with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp, one of the world’s leading metalworking companies. Parts of complex shape are made of such steel, which are usually thinner and lighter than products made of ordinary steel.
The new steel is part of Nissan’s plan to reduce CO2 emissions in new cars by 40% by 2022 compared to 2000. The automaker wants it to make up 25% of the company’s vehicle parts by weight.. For example, in the new QX50 it it makes up 27% of the construction.
Another advantage of the new steel is that it can be subjected to cold pressing, which makes it suitable for economical mass production.
Nissan’s plan for a significant CO2 emissions reduction complies with the strategy of a phase-out of diesel engines from Nissan model lineup for the European market by early next decade. Compression-ignition engines produce less carbon dioxide, but they are believed to be more harmful than petrol ones, due to their levels of nitric oxide.
To reduce the overall concentration of carbon dioxide, Nissan will invest heavily in electric and hybrid vehicles. For example, the automaker is currently teaming up with Panasonic, Honda, Toyota and GS Yuasa for the initiative to market solid-state batteries.
Photo: 2019 Infiniti QX50
The new assembly line for the Tesla Model 3 at the factory in Fremont (California, USA) caused an ambiguous attitude among the fans of the brand. It was placed inside the building, which is a huge tent, what is very unusual for the industry.
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has commented on the project, saying that the new line is “better” and costs several times less than any other assembly line of the company. He asked employees for a current push to increase the production of the Model 3 to 5,000 units a week, including on the mentioned line at the Fremont facility.
People call this project a “tent”, but in fact this structure of the building is named Sprung and is stronger than a building used on permanent basis. In his Twitter, the head of Tesla praised the team’s work on the new assembly line and presumptuously remarked that it was better than the general conveyor line inside the factory.
Tesla applied for a temporary permission to build a “tent”, but now, apparently, its CEO believes it can work permanently, as is “more comfortable” and offers a “great view of the mountains.”
Last weekend Mr. Musk released a picture of the Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance, the first to roll off the new assembly line. Tesla’s boss seems more confident than ever about Tesla achieving its production goals for the Model 3.
The Polestar electric brand owned by Volvo Cars has developed an upgraded electrified performance offer called Polestar Engineered with a top T8 Twin Engine hybrid powertrain for cars of 60 series.
This was announced at the opening of the Volvo plant in Charleston (South Carolina), which for the first time in the United States will produce a new S60 premium sports sedan. This model will be the first to get a new package with the advanced T8 Twin Engine system, which is positioned above Volvo’s R-Design versions. The Volvo S60 will be officially presented tomorrow, June 20.
Since 2019 the Polestar electrified performance offer will be available for the new Volvo V60 wagon and the XC60 SUV for Care by Volvo subscribers at the company’s dealerships around the world.
The package includes new open design alloy wheels with brake callipers of golden color (the hallmark color for Polestar Engineered components), Polestar emblems, black chrome tailpipes and golden seat belts. Brake pads have increased heat resistance, and brake discs with notches contribute to reducing heating during braking.
Polestar Engineered also includes multi-link front and rear suspension with Öhlins premium shock absorbers with a dual-flow valve and adjustable struts, the Brembo mono-block brake callipers optimized for rigidity.
Fine-tuned engine’s control unit increases the power of T8 Twin Engine for the S60 up to 415 hp and 670 Nm (400 hp and 640 Nm are standard for this model). The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are improved, as well as the automatic transmission quality.
Source: Winner Imports Ukraine Ltd., the official distributor of Volvo cars in Ukraine
Audi’s CEO Rupert Stadler today, on June 18, 2018, has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of fraud and manipulation.
This was reported by Volkswagen Group, Audi owner. Last week Mr. Stadler was indicted by the Munich Public Prosecutor’s Office, as well as twenty others in the company involved in Dieselgate.
Mr. Stadler is being accused in fraudulent actions that contributed to the sale of cars with manipulated emission data.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, Audi has sold at least 210,000 vehicles in 2009 in the USA and Europe, the software on which for controlling emissions of harmful gases showed untrue data (the actual emissions were underestimated).
Earlier due to the diesel scandal, the company had to suspend selling the A6 and A7 models. Besides, the German car inspection department obliged Audi to re-equip the software on 127,000 cars around the world.
Volkswagen has been prosecuted for 3 years, since September 2015,when it was discovered manipulating the software on VW vehicles.
The resignation of top management, arrests of employees, colossal fines, recalls of a large number of cars – these are the consequences of Dieselgate, which touched other brands of the German automotive giant.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Photo: Alexander Migl