February 2019

Volvo takes big step towards electrified future with new hybrid powertrains

(February 25, 2019) Volvo Cars has taken a significant step towards its electrification goals with the release of upgraded and newly-developed electrified powertrain options, to be made available across its entire model range going forward.

The company has upgraded its existing T8 and T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrains, while at the same time confirming that plug-in options will now be available on every model it produces.

Refreshed Volvo XC90 crossover SUV introduced

(February 25, 2019) Volvo Cars has unveiled a refreshed version of its best-selling XC90 large SUV, the company’s top-of-the-line flagship, adding a newly-developed fuel-saving engine option that marks the next step in the company’s ambitious electrification strategy.

The refreshed XC90 for the first time offers customers Volvo’s advanced kinetic energy recovery braking system, which is coupled with its existing internal combustion engines to create a new integrated electrified powertrain, under its new ‘B’ badge. This new electrified powertrain offers drivers up to 15 per cent fuel savings and emission reductions in real world driving.

Electric on ice — Winter trials of the Mercedes-Benz EQC

(February 24, 2019) Shortly before its market launch, the Mercedes-Benz EQC electric sport utility is undergoing final tests in Sweden's snowy landscapes. During these further winter trials in Arjeplog, Sweden, the engineers pay particular attention to the thermal management of the battery and interior, recharging in cold conditions and handling safety, traction and recuperation on ice and snow.

The story of one of the world's most extraordinary and valuable vehicles

(February 23, 2019) Elegant, sporty, luxurious and rare. These are four of many epithets that can be applied to Bugatti. But there is one model for which they are especially appropriate: the Type 57 SC Atlantic Coupé is not just one of the Bugatti legends but perhaps the greatest. Only four of these cars were created between 1936 and 1938. Three of these extraordinary coupés are still in existence. They are regarded as the most valuable cars in the world. The automotive world has been searching for the fourth Atlantic for over 80 years.

Honda taps adventure-seeker in all of us to introduce new Passport

(February 22, 2019) Honda is debuting an integrated marketing campaign for the 2019 Honda Passport, "Your Passport to Adventure," to highlight the highly capable and versatile adventurous spirit of Honda's all-new SUV.

With a modern, spacious interior and numerous high-tech features, the 2019 Passport fills an important role in Honda's award-winning SUV lineup: larger and more powerful than CR-V and more off-road ready and personal than Pilot.

The latest edition of an icon — World premier of new VW van

(February 22, 2019) HANOVER, Germany — It is the icon of commercial vehicles — the Bulli. Transporter, Caravelle, Multivan and California. All are best-sellers. Over six generations — from the T1 to the T6 — Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has sold nearly 12 million units worldwide.

CLA Sooting Brake among Mercedes-Benz' presentations in Geneva

(February 21, 2019) GENEVA — Mercedes-Benz on March 5 at the 89th Geneva Motor Show will present the new CLA Shooting Brake and, for the first time, the Concept EQV and the facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLC. Also on display to the public for the first time will be the Formula E show car and the smart forease+. While the new V-Class will celebrate its show premiere.

Kia to electrify Geneva Motor Show with new concept car

(February 21, 2019) Kia Motors Europe will unveil its bold new all-electric concept car at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. Designed at Kia’s European design centre in Frankfurt, the concept is a visual embodiment of the company’s desire to move forward in the exciting world of electrification.

“Automotive design is about capturing the heart and making it beat that bit faster for that bit longer — and we believe that there’s absolutely no reason why that should change simply because the car is electric,” says Gregory Guillaume, vice president of Design for Kia Motors Europe.