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Toyota Motor Corp. has established a subsidiary company KINTO with headquarters in Nagoya and registered capital of 1.8 billion yen. It will offer in the domestic market a new service: the ownership of the car on the subscription (the high-sounding talk about "a new relationship between car and person"). As a General idea of the system is reminiscent of the recently introduced subscription model Polestar, though differing in detail. Shares KINTO 66.6% owned by Toyota Financial Services (is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota), and by 33.4% — Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Company.
Head of development BMW's Klaus frolich in an interview with Autocar was quite Frank: "I don't think you need a ninth series. In this segment of three car — crossover, sedan and sports car emotional. We have: X7, seventh and eighth series. Some competitors are already cutting the number of cars in this segment because the volumes are too small". Alas. It was expected that long "nine" on the CLAR platform will be released in early 2020 as the "four-door coupe" and will challenge the sedan Mercedes-Maybach S 600.
Software in the communication module VCM (Vehicle Connectivity Module) may be in error. Because of her system, telematics, and driver assistance, including the service Volvo On Call to work properly. In case of emergency it will be impossible to determine via the GPS the location of the vehicle to guide for using online services. For this reason, in Russia speak of the 1937 cars sold from 2017 onwards. The defect affected the crossover XC40, XC60, XC90, S90 sedan and V90 wagon Cross Coutry. A list of VIN codes attached.
Flagship Kia K900, the Assembly of which started in Kaliningrad in late January, received the Russian price tag and the start of sales is scheduled for the first of March. The most accessible version will cost 2 969 900 rubles. At the prices it is related to the Mercedes E-class (from 3 150 000 for E 200 d) and the fifth series BMW (2 980 000 for 520i) in the initial trim. However, the wheelbase (3105 mm) and length (5120 mm) K900 enters the segment F. for example, with the Bavarian "seven" (standard base) Kia match by length millimeter mm, and the database is even larger than that.
In 2017, the Alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi came in first place in the world in sales of cars and light commercial vehicles, and Volkswagen gave him a little lost, beating only on the total amount along with the trucks. In the past 2018, as it turned out, the situation repeated itself. Franco-Japanese giant has sold in the past year 10 756 875 cars (+1,4% by 2017). The Volkswagen group handed over to the clients 10 834 000 cars (+0,9% by 2017) is with the brands MAN and Scania (233 000 pieces in total) and get 10 601 000 cars.
, the Volkswagen Group announced by the Federal road Agency of Germany (KBA) about potential problems with data on emissions, which were provided to the regulators in 2016-2017 brand Porsche. Notifications are also sent to protection Agency United States environmental protection Agency (EPA) and California air resources Board (CARB). According to Reuters, all this happened after the publication in Der Spiegel magazine reporting the incorrect calculation of the fuel consumption for the Porsche 911. "The company continues its internal investigation in close contact with the authorities," the statement says Porsche.
MG Company promised to expand its lineup of crossovers and enthusiastically does it. Ready MG HS mid-size, compact MG ZS with elektroversiya, and on the approach of the model with the "human" name of Hector. It will be released on the Indian market in the second quarter of 2019 and the campaign has just begun. The fool is clear that Hector is destined to become another clone of "Chinese" Baojun 530, already known in Colombia, becoming "the second" SUV Chevrolet Captiva, and Indonesia — Wuling Almaz. But something Hector will differ.
Jaguar E-Pace and Volvo XC40 ― direct competitors and trends. They are close in size, range of options and even a power two-liter gasoline turbo engine ― nearly 250 HP And that this company makes QX30? Based on the Mercedes GLA crossover below the main couple in the 12-13 cm and almost 40 forces weaker. With a choice of power units it does not provide, in contrast to rivals. The main advantage Infiniti — price: for the same 2.6 million, they ask for basic E-Pace or similarly equipped XC40, you can buy almost top QX30. Is it worth it?
When the firm Ginetta once in several years, returns to the news, have to painfully remember that in the office. A .. do not forget, perhaps, only the English fans of Motorsport, because there are many GT5 Challenge and Ginetta racing life. Today the campaign announced the preparation of a new supercar whose chassis and body made of carbon fiber, and aspirated 6.0 V8 paired with a sequential gearbox gives out more than 608 HP Maximum speed 200 mph (322 km/h). The premiere will be held on the fifth of March in Geneva.
Mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 is supposed to be a revolutionary car in the history of Corvettes. However, the current Corvette C7 will long remain a desirable and attractive purchase for many fans of the model. And all the more desirable, if we are talking about some special series. The Americans gave the Corvette Drivers Series, created in cooperation with the racing team Corvette Racing. And today specifically for the European market, the company brought out the Corvette C7 Grand Sport and the Corvette C7 Z06 in variations of the Final Edition.
In August 2018, the "blue oval" introduced Europeans Raptor version of the Ranger that will appear on the market. Along with it, or later on the Old continent will come standard Ranger, updated last spring. Gamma engines for Europe revised, as it reigned EcoBlue 2.0 diesel in three variants forces. He replaced the engines of 2.2 and 3.2 TDCi. At the same time kicked the bucket six-speed "automatic", because there was a ten. "Mechanics" six degrees, and the basic pickup is only possible with her.
The Development of traction batteries is one of the hot topics of the industry (the latest example is the announcement of the joint venture of Toyota and Panasonic). The Volkswagen group swing is also serious: in order to create electric cars under different brands found four suppliers of batteries of the modern type. In future, a JV with QuantumScape (specialization in solid state batteries) and plan to use quantum computers to study the "batteries of the future." Now announced the investment of Volkswagen in the amount of $10 million in U.S. startup Nano Forge Inc. It develops technologies that can improve storage density of energy in the battery.
Today, the company Subaru has recognized that partially stopped production of cars at its main plant in Japan, which produces about 60% of the products of the brand. The stop happened on January 16, the night shift, but the company suppressed this fact, while it is not trumpeted the world news agencies and the stock fell seven percent. Now, Subaru explains that the blame for the defect, because of which the servo turns off suddenly on the models of Forester, Impreza and XV. Likely to be announced opinion. But the pipeline is still standing — it should work only on January 28.
The Company Aston Martin has offered customers a 150 Valkyrie road hypercar to further improve their cars due to the AMR Track pack Performance Pack. Unlike fellow by the name of Valkyrie AMR Pro, which was originally created solely for use on the track, road Valkyrie with an established set of AMR Track Performance getting ring time: all specific parts are interchangeable with the "road", and you can always perform inverse transformation for the first time, restoring it to road legal status.
At the end of 2017, Toyota and Panasonic agreed to work together on a new traction battery packs and their release. Now the agreement specified. Partners entered into two contracts for the integration of the business and creation of new enterprises. In this 51% will be owned by Toyota and 49% by Panasonic. The main tasks of SP — scientific-research and experimental-design works in the field of prismatic automotive traction batteries, solid state and other promising battery types, debugging of production and the actual production, getting orders for them and the entire management associated with their design, manufacture and sale. Moreover, the products of this JV will go not only to the Assembly lines of Toyota, but will be offered to other automakers.