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Selling minivans in America last year fell to its lowest level in 30 years: sold around 364-thousand units. In the first half of 2019, the demand decreased by 16%, reports Associated Press. But in 2000, at the peak of popularity of "buses", were sold 1.33 million cars held a market share of 7.2%. Now it shrank to 2.5%, and many automakers (e.g., Ford and GM) left the segment MPV. But those who remained in the game full of optimism. "No other car can compete with a minivan — I am sure Tim has Kunickis of the FCA. — For the transport of people and things in the future, there is nothing better".

The Situation when there are simultaneously two generations of the same model, more common in developing countries. However, here's an interesting example from the USA. The concern of the FCA is selling there truck Ram 1500 as the newest, fifth generation (introduced in 2018) and the preceding "fourth" Ram (debuted in 2008). To distinguish the latter to his name this year added the word Classic. Recently FCA CEO Mike Manley in an interview with Motor Trend, not only stated that the end of the release RAM Classic is not yet in sight, but hinted at an update this model, so it still happily lived in the 2020's.

American branch of the company Lexus has announced the release for sale special variations of the SUV LX 570 — with package Sport Package. This upgrade will only be available for a three-row version of the car. Estimated LX570 Sport Package $99 300 (6,3 million), or $7920 more expensive than the original LX model year 2020 with three rows of seats. Interestingly, with the design of the package the manufacturer is not much wisely: set Sport de facto follows the modification of Superior, published in Russia in 2017. we have Only the mirrors were black, and in "American" they are in body color. Even the frame is attached to the official release (photo under) is edited the sample machine of 2017.

Drag Coefficient "sixth" hatchback Opel Corsa is 0.29 with a frontal area of 2.13 m2. The result is stated as one of the best in the class. Well, the figure is not a record, but quite decent. Better than the Audi A1 (0,31) and Mini Cooper (0,30), but this is the same pyatidverok Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Nissan Micra. Other brands, unlike the Opel, do not advertise coefficients if particularly nothing to brag about. So we can't add a hatchback Volkswagen Polo and Mazda 2/Toyota Yaris. Well, the achievement Corsi, presumably, is automatically transferred to the related Peugeot 208.

On the first of August in India will change the tax rate on goods and services (Goods & Service Tax — GST). To charge electric vehicles will be reduced from 12% to 5%, whereas for petrol and diesel cars will remain level at 28%. On the charger and station for electric vehicles, the GST will be reduced from 18% to 5%. Authorities believe that these measures should encourage buyers of battery cars, although in the best case manage to reduce the gap in prices between cars with internal combustion engines and electric vehicles, which would still be considerably more expensive. However, other measures are being taken.

Fall on the Indian market will be a new compact SUV based on the concept of Future-S. the Local newspaper The Economic Times says: the model is called S-Presso (and code Y1K), and built the Indian Department of research and development with the support of colleagues from Japan. The younger brother of crossover Vitara Brezza is aimed at consumers who can afford to sit in the driver's seat from the saddle of a motorcycle or scooter. It is expected that the initial price will not exceed 500,000 rupees (461 thousand rubles). Main competitors — the Renault Kwid and Mahindra KUV100.

Supplies the smallest model, the Ford of piatigorski Ka+, to Europe from India will be officially discontinued in September. As reported by Automotive News, warning about the dealers received back in April. The reason, according to a company representative, that the hatchback in 2020 will be subjected to penalties for CO2 emissions in excess of, while the low price of the machine makes it impractical expensive vehicle technology to reduce those emissions. Coincidence or not, but just in September, the EU market comes the latest SUV Ford Puma.

Australian online CarSales spoke to Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmarked and made sure that the Bentayga will be the only crossover of the brand, at least in the short term. Wait kupeobrazny version Bentayga SUV and smaller while does not make sense. "If we consider other SUV models now? No. Can we imagine that in the future the situation will change? Yes," said the functionary. According to him, the Bentayga has not yet disclosed its full potential and will develop rapidly over the life cycle.

Cost managers FCA to announce the investment in the second generation of the Fiat 500e, as the roads appeared disguised hatchback. Premiere of the new electric vehicle is likely to take place in March 2020 at the Geneva motor show. "Everything you know about the five hundredth, will remain, but will be entirely new. The size and proportions will remain recognizable, but under the skin it will differ radically", — said the publication Auto Express, the President of Fiat, Olivier Francois, who is also a commercial Director of FCA. She even called the approximate price of the model — 32 000 Euro (2.25 million rubles).

Hatchback Renault 4 was produced from 1961 to 1994, was a modification of Plein Air (1964) without doors and roof, but with high clearance and four-wheel drive. The French army rejected the car, choosing a cheaper and capable of the Citroen Mehari. The civilian population of the Caribbean is not too impressed, so in 1970 the project was abandoned. Returned to him prenosniki for the tenth international festival of 4L International, held July 19-21 at the French circuit Circuits du Val de Loire. There has been shown an electric version of the e-Plein Air to the unit from the Renault Twizy.

Kupeobrazny sedans that manufacturers without hesitation called "chetyrehdverny coupe", was first successfully implemented in the senior market segments. Low roof line, glass without frames... Then this principle began to spread to the classes below. And now BMW is in a hurry to put the rival for similar models (Mercedes CLA in the first place): the Gran Coupe of the second series. Its world premiere will take place at the motor show in Los Angeles in November 2019. Today, the Bavarians shared the signature "spy shot" and revealed some details.

The Government of Baden-württemberg gave the Bosch and Daimler permission for daily operation fully automated Parking (Automated Valet Parking) at the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart. We talked in detail about this system two years ago, when she was tried only as an experiment. Now, according to Daimler, the world's first obtained official approval for the work of "unmanned" systems of automatic Parking with the fourth level of autonomy of the involved machines (on a scale SAE).

Chicago law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro on behalf of the group of plaintiffs sued Ford in U.S. district court in Detroit, accusing it of distortion of data on fuel consumption of a pickup truck Ford F-150 model years 2018-2019. The application States that the efficiency ratings (miles per gallon), listed on the stickers on the Windows, "higher than the rating obtained as the result of properly conducted tests under Federal regulations," reports Automotive News (that is, on paper, more miles, respectively, the fuel consumption below). To Ford replied that he had not reviewed the complaint and other comments until.

Daimler has officially announced that the company is Beijing Automotive Group Co. Ltd. (BAIC Group) has acquired five percent of its shares through its subsidiary Global Investment Co. Ltd. "We are very pleased that our longstanding partner BAIC became a long-term investor. This step strengthens our successful cooperation and shows confidence in the strategy and potential of our company, — said the Chairman of the Board of Daimler Ola Kallenius. — The Chinese market is an important pillar of our success — not just for sales but also for the development and production of our products."

Made in an information vacuum, the assumption that in Frankfurt on September 12 debut of the hybrid concept of the hot hatch Leon Cupra, was not confirmed. Parent's Cupra SEAT reports: the exhibition will reveal the pure electric four-door crossover, "sleek as a sports coupe." For a young brand Cupra this will be the first road after the electric car prototype racing e-Racer. And although the creators are pushing the "exclusivity" of the coming of the concept, it is only the successor series EV-SUV from VW Group.